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What Do Buyers and Sellers Actually Pay for When Buying and Selling a Home?

Buyers and sellers each incur costs during the course of their transaction. We have a detailed breakdown of each that we’d like to share.

So, what do buyers and sellers actually pay when buying and selling a home? 

Let's begin with the buyers. Please keep in mind these are just estimates and will depend on the lender you use, area you buy and the services and agents you select.


2.) If you are purchasing a $500,000 home and putting down 20%, your down payment is $100,000.

3.) Closing costs – what are closing costs?  These consist of the following….

  • Property Taxes – 6 months of taxes would be $1,084
  • Title Charges - $900.00
  • Escrow Fees - $1,925.00
  • Lender Charges - $2,760.00     
  • Home Owner Insurance - $600.00
  • Misc Fees and Padding $300.00

So the total buyer fees will be approximately $100,000 for loan and $7569.00 (closing costs) for a total of $107,569.00.      

Sellers – Please keep in mind some of the fees can be negotiated. I will use the traditional fees and costs in this example.

1.) Commission – Sellers pay the commission to the Listing Broker (listing agent) and Selling Broker (buyer’s agent).  The brokers get paid and then pay the agents according to their individual agreements.

  • $500,000 sales price – Commission (6%) will be $15,000 to the Listing Broker, $15,000 to the Selling Broker
  • Title Charges - $2,200.00
  • Escrow Fees - $1,225.00
  • Lender Fees – 0
  • Property Taxes - $2,000.00   

Additional Charges include (depending on the agent and services you use and what is negotiated in the purchase agreement) - Home Warranty for the Buyer, TC fee if any, Hazard Report, Notary and HOA and Doc fees - $1,600.00.

So the total “closing costs” including commission will be approximately $37,025.00

Again, please keep in mind these figures and many of the charges and fees can be negotiated in the purchase agreement and the agents and services you select.  If you have any additional questions, please contact me immediately.

If you have any questions for us about the costs of buying or selling, give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

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How to Prepare Your Home to Sell for Top Dollar

I've received a lot of questions lately about how to prepare a house to sell for top dollar.  Today I'll go over the easy and inexpensive things you can do to maximize your profit.

After a recent video about why you should list your home during the winter, I received multiple emails from people who wanted to know how to prepare their homes to maximize their profit.

So what's the best way to prepare to sell for top dollar? Every home is different, but most buyers are looking for a move-in ready home. To prepare your home to sell, the first thing you need to do is make sure the front yard looks good. Buyers can typically tell what the inside of a house will look like by looking at the outside. If the outside is a mess, the inside tends to be a mess too.

"First impressions are extremely important."

Paint is another improvement you can make at a relatively low price. It will make the house look and smell good. You should also pay attention to your kitchen and flooring to make sure they look great. If your cabinets are worn, consider painting or staining them. When it comes to flooring, if you have tile, wood, or carpet, they need to be professionally cleaned. 

Next, you want to open all your blinds to let as much light in as possible and turn on all the lights—even in the closets. You want your house as light and bright as possible. You should also buy air fresheners to ensure a great smell and even play some soft music while you're out of the house for showings. 

De-clutter your house by packing up, storing, or getting rid of knickknacks and unnecessary furniture. Finally, you want to clean the house top to bottom.

As you can see, you don't need to do much to maximize your profit.  So, if you are thinking about selling your home or getting a free personal estimate of your home's current value, give me a call, send me a text, or send me an email.

Why Should You List Your Home During the Winter?

Winter is a great time to list your home for a number of reasons. Statistics actually show that homes sell faster and for more money now than any other time of year. I’ll tell you why today. 

Winter is a great time to list your home. Don’t believe me? Consider the following statistics: 

Homes listed in the winter are 9% more likely to sell than homes listed during other seasons, and they sell one to two weeks faster. Homes also sell for 3% more money during the winter than at any other time of the year. 

Homes sell for 3% more money during the winter.

If you find those statistics surprising, you’re not alone. Most people think they should wait to sell during the spring and summer because there are more buyers in the market, but the numbers show that waiting is not the best decision. 

It’s true that there are fewer buyers in the market during the winter. However, a lot of those buyers are getting relocated to a new job. They need to be in a new home by January 1st. 

Other buyers are looking to take advantage of lower mortgage interest rates. Historically, interest rates are lower at the end of the year and tend rise during the spring and summer months. 

Either way, winter buyers tend to be more serious about purchasing a home. If you wait for spring to put your home on the market, you will miss out on those highly motivated buyers. You will also face more competition as more homes come on the market. 

Ultimately, there are many advantages to listing your home during the winter. If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you! If you are a buyer I have some great tips for you on how to put together an offer that will give you an advantage over other buyers.