...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.
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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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.
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.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
King Realty Group