You’re Looking at a Cost of 6% to 10%
One of the most common mistakes sellers make when it comes to listing their home, is not budgeting appropriately for closing costs. In doing this, sellers are often blindsided to the reality of closing fees, which can ultimately affect their bottom line.
Here’s the truth…
While buyers are typically responsible for the majority of “fees” associated with a real estate transaction, home sellers in San Diego should expect to pay between 6% and 10% of the total sales price in closing costs.
This means, on a typical home priced at $1,350,000, a seller should anticipate allocating roughly $75,000 toward closing costs.
If you have equity in your home, these fees will be deducted from your proceeds, however, in some cases, a seller may be required to actually bring money to the closing table in order to cover these expenses.
To prevent that from happening, here are 3 steps you can take:
Step #1: Talk To Your Realtor®
Before you decide to list your San Diego property, meet with your real estate agent to discuss the true cost of selling your home. When I work with clients, I always provide them with resources to help them better understand the home selling process. This gives them a better idea of what their responsibilities are as a seller and what they can expect to net from the sale of their home.
If you don’t have a Realtor® yet, just shoot me an email and I’ll give you the exact resources that I use with all of my clients, so you can make an informed decision as well!
Step #2: Understand Your Budget For Closing Costs
Work with your Realtor® to understand and budget for closing costs. Home sellers in the San Diego real estate market are typically responsible for the following fees associated with the settlement of real property:
- Escrow Fee (50/50 in SoCal)
- Title Insurance
- Commissions (usually between 5% to 6%)
- Doc prep fees
- Transfer Taxes
- Loan Payoff
- Any judgements or tax liens
- Tax Proration
- HOA dues
Step #3 Factor in the unexpected
In competitive markets, after a home has been sitting on the San Diego MLS for a while, a home seller may offer a concession towards a buyer’s closing costs, as an added incentive. Oftentimes, this practice can make your home seem more appealing to a buyer who’s wavering between your home and another.
This is another reason why you need to have a great Realtor® who can get your home sold quickly – so you’re never stuck in a situation where you’d have to “pay” a buyer in order to sell your home. It’s rare, but it does happen, and it should be avoided, if possible.