You can go to the courthouse and see what the sales price is when the deed is recorded, but that is a lot of work. Check in with a Real Estate agent you trust for more details.
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The best advice for home buyers when trying to find comparable closings is to contact a real estate professional. Your agent can pull up the most accurate property information including sale figures. Concessions including closing costs paid by the seller may but are not always indicated on the closing information. Real estate agents have a good idea of the market trends and can advice you with what the sellers are paying for the buyers in the current market.
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As for the final sales price reflecting the bottom line: No. Absolutely not. Example: Joe sells a house to Sally for $100,000. But Sally asks for $3,000 in closing cost assistance. Or $3,000 for redecoration. Whatever. The sales price is shown on the records as $100,000, but Joe actually sold the house for $97,000. On top of that, of course, it doesn't show the real estate commission. If Joe paid a 6% commission (it's fully negotiable), then Joe paid a $6,000 commission. So now we're down to $91,000 that Joe actually received. Then there are the closing costs. Many are paid by the buyer, of course. (Though, in this example, maybe Joe covered some of them.) But some costs will be paid by the seller. Let's say $1,000. Now we're down to $90,000 that Joe really received.
So you check online and you see that Joe sold his house for $100,000. And you're concerned about the bottom line because maybe you've got a $95,000 mortgage. Or maybe you need to net $20,000 in order to buy your next home. You think you're fine . . . until, when you sell, you realize you're receiving $10,000 less than you expected.
No: Final sales price reflects none of those additional expenses. (A Realtor will be able to give you a pretty good idea of what the expenses will be.)
Hope that helps.