In Marin County who usually pays for the property tax transfer

Asked by Vicki Pitchford, Denver, CO Fri Aug 30, 2013

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Adriana Cole…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Sat Mar 18, 2017
Seller pays property tax transfer in Marin County and California. However, seller and buyer may negotiate or consider a split, but generally, seller pays.
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Sat Sep 7, 2013
Customary is one thing....

...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.

Good luck.
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Robert Spino…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Mill Valley, CA
Mon Sep 2, 2013

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.

Rob Spinosa
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Sat Aug 31, 2013
In most areas the seller pays the county pays the transfer tax. However, most developers of new construction projects require the buyer to pay. Although all things in real estate are negotiable, you're better off not trying to get sellers off things they expect buyers to pay for.

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.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
King Realty Group
DRE# 01384425
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Michael Young, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Fri Aug 30, 2013
In Marin the county transfer tax is $1.10 per thousand. The only city with a city transfer tax in Marin is San Rafael, which is $2.00 per thousand. Be aware that it is "customary" that the seller pays for both, but not mandatory. It is negotiable.
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Paul Neal, , San Francisco, CA
Fri Aug 30, 2013
The seller pays the tax which is a county transfer tax.
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Bill Sockolov, , Marin County, CA
Fri Aug 30, 2013
The Seller pays the transfer tax.
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