In florida who is responsible for the transfer tax and fees?

Asked by Jillianann143, Wed Apr 18, 2012

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Tom Priester, Agent, Tequesta, FL
Thu Apr 19, 2012
Dear Jillianann,

Everything in a purchase contract is negotiable but typically the state tax stamps for the deed are paid for by the seller but not always. If you are getting a mortgage there are state tax stamps on the mortgage and almost always the buyer pays for these but again everything is negotiable.

There are many other fees but the best thing you can do is review these costs with your Realtor as they differ depending on the property you are contemplating. One of the larger fees will be for the owners title insurance policy that will run about $500 per every $100,000 in purchase price. This too is more often than not a seller expense and if there is a mortgage the lender title policy is usually paid by the buyer.

The very best of luck to you and I hope this information is helpful but if you need anything additional please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Always at Your Service,

Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"

Keller Williams Realty
561 308-0175
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My brother have a house with both names him and his x. He wants to take her name out off the title house and put my name instead. The house is in FL and has not mortgage. He has to pay her $70,000. He can do quick claim deed or don't have to, which is better? Who will pay for the tax and how much?
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Preston Ware, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Altamonte Springs, FL
Thu Apr 19, 2012
The buyer or the person refinancing is responsible but you can always structure your purchase with some seller paid costs or lender paid costs. Same thing goes on a refi, I can pay costs for you in some cases.
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Bob Brubaker, Agent, Lake Worth, FL
Thu Apr 19, 2012
Jill The Seller would be responsible for the Transfer Tax and Fees
on documents submitted for recording . However, there are some
recording fees and HOA transfer fees that the buyer pays such as
recording of the buyers Deed ,and Mortgage. Page 3 of the Standard
"as-Is " Contract form used by many Florida Realtors- briefly outlines the
responsibilities of Buyer and Seller. Fannie Mae is the exception
but they disclose their intentions -Up-Front "
Most Title Companies will have a guide to give you on this!
Best of Success!

Bob Brubaker Highlight Realty Palm Beach County Fl. 561-876-6649
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Anna Hartline, Agent, West Palm Beach, FL
Wed Apr 18, 2012
The seller. Unless it is the transfer tax and fees on the mortgage - then that is the buyer's responsiblity.
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Teddy Jagess…, , Wellington, FL
Wed Apr 18, 2012
Seller is responsible for the Transfer tax on the Deed, in the case of Fannie Mae as the seller they will not pay it and the buyer will have to pay that.
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Mary Ngati, Agent, West Palm Beach, FL
Wed Apr 18, 2012
In most cases the buyer.
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