RE/MAX of Valencia
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As the buyer, you can often request assistance with your closing costs from the seller. Keep in mind that you may ultimately need to add those costs to your purchase price, to make your request more palatable to the seller. Each case is different and an experienced realtor can provide sound guidance. Watch for "junk fees" on settlement statements from escrow, and be sure you have a good faith estimate from your lender.
As the seller, you must also review your settlement statement carefully. Your realtor should present an estimated net sheet prior to listing your property, to give you a full understanding of the fees involved with selling. Escrow will provide you with another net sheet before closing, and it's wise to review your fees closely at this point as well.
Keep in mind that all persons involved in your purchase or sale are professionals who are helping you to achieve your real estate goals, and their knowledge and services are valuable. More often than not, those services are well worth the price paid.