The state does not care who pays the fee as long as it gets paid.
If the buyer agrees to pay for it you are good to go.
In reality The buyer pays for all the your closing cost because he is the one bringing the money to the table. You as the seller can accept or reject and offer so you can always add any cost including the transfer fee to the total sale price.
Typically it is the seller that pays the Real Estate Transfer Tax in the state of New Jersey but if you are looking at new construction though the builder, usually they lay responsibility of the transfer tax onto the buyer. You can ask for a credit or discount on the purchase price to offset this costs, but the builder of course has the right to refuse and with new construction; especially in the beginning of a project, they make very few things negotiable. Good luck, let me know if I can answer any other of your questions.
But everything is negotiable.
With that said agree to it or don't! it needs to be negotiated. It's not the buyers responsibility...
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