It is true that it is customary in this are4a for the Seller and the buyer to split the city tranfer tax and for the Seller to pay for the county transfer tax.But, it is not unusual when you are buying new construction for the builder or developer to ask the buyer to take the entire burden of all the transfer tax.
In either case, this should be carefully and specifically laid out in the purchase contract. Go get your copy, and look it over carefully. Your agent should have pointed out all the costs you were signing for when you made your offer.
In these days of new construction languishing on the market, all costs should be up for negotiation, and you should be made very aware of what you are signing.
Read your contract.
It is customary in CC County for the seller to pay the county transfer tax, and the buyer and seller to split the city of Richmond transfer tax 50/50. However, we sell re-sale homes, so if there is a different custom with brand new homes, please, agents, step forward!
This is an old question posted but again, totally different animal than resale.
However, there is a way to work around this by asking for a closing cost credit to cover the transfer tax.
For a second opinion you can also ask title companies but its just the way it is.
Feel free to email me directly off a public forum if you have any other questions.