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Mortgage closing costs rose six percent over the past year and now average $2,539 on a $200,000 loan, according to Bankrate.com.

Accordingly, closing costs have increased as much as 20% over the past 3 years!!

Origination fees increased nine percent to $1,877 and third-party fees rose one percent to $662.

Approved Funding Closing Costs remains between $0 – $695

Texas’ average closing costs of $3,046 are the highest in the nation. Alaska ($2,897), New York ($2,892), Hawaii ($2,808) and Wisconsin ($2,706) round out the top five.

The cheapest closing costs are in Nevada (an average of $2,265). Tennessee ($2,366), Missouri ($2,387), Ohio ($2,392) and Washington, D.C. ($2,402) comprise the rest of the bottom five.

“New mortgage regulations are the biggest reasons why closing costs went up over the past year,” said Holden Lewis, senior mortgage analyst, Bankrate.com. “The good news is that some lenders have not increased fees. To get the best deal, consumers should compare good faith estimates from at least three different lenders.”

Click here to view the average closing costs in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.:

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/closing-costs/closing-costs-by-state.aspx

Bankrate surveyed up to 10 lenders in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in June 2014. Researchers obtained online good faith estimates for a $200,000 mortgage to buy a single-family home with a 20 percent down payment. Costs include fees charged by lenders, as well as third-party fees for services such as appraisals. The survey excludes taxes, title fees, property insurance, association fees, interest and other prepaid items.

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