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Vicki Pitchf…, Renter in Denver, CO

In Marin County who usually pays for the property tax transfer

Asked by Vicki Pitchford, Denver, CO Fri Aug 30, 2013

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Customary is one thing....

...but in a competitive seller's market, a buyer may wish to position himself better by offering to pay for the transfer taxes along with other closing costs, and possibly even compliance with local government ordinances.

Everything is negotiable. The easier you make it for the seller to do business with you, the more inclined the seller may take a closer look at your offer.

Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 7, 2013
Hi Vicki,
the seller customarily pays...
on my website you will find a link to a good title company's website that allows you to input any city and gives you estimates on escrow costs, title costs, transfer taxes and more...also

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Flavio Tejada, MBA-Finance, Realtor, Broker/Owner
(415) 305-2958
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 2, 2013

As stated below, the seller customarily pays transfer tax here in Marin. If you have any other title/escrow related questions, don't hesitate to let me know and I'll be happy to put you in contact with some of the best escrow officers in our area --- they will be happy to address any inquiries.

Rob Spinosa
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 2, 2013
In most areas the seller pays the county pays the transfer tax. However, most developers of new construction projects require the buyer to pay. Although all things in real estate are negotiable, you're better off not trying to get sellers off things they expect buyers to pay for.

One exception to that is Alameda county where it is customary to split 50/50 between buyer and seller. And for good reason - they charge $15 per $1000 of purchase price.

One approach to this is to get a credit for closing costs, which sellers of all kinds are often open to.

If you need some help in Marin we work as far north as San Anselmo and San Rafael.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
King Realty Group

DRE# 01384425
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 31, 2013
In Marin the county transfer tax is $1.10 per thousand. The only city with a city transfer tax in Marin is San Rafael, which is $2.00 per thousand. Be aware that it is "customary" that the seller pays for both, but not mandatory. It is negotiable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 30, 2013
The seller pays the tax which is a county transfer tax.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 30, 2013
The Seller pays the transfer tax.
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