Is it legal to indicate on paper for your buyers that they purchased your property for $5,000 more than they actually did. How would that impact the?

Asked by Mary, Washington, DC Sat Oct 24, 2009

seller as it relate to sales taxes

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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Tue Dec 1, 2009
I'm curious: you would have done this ... why?
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Steven Dean, Agent, Washington, DC
Tue Dec 1, 2009
It is illegal to misrepresent the sales price of a property. If you have done so, please consult an attorney and tax advisor in your jurisdiction.
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Arthur Hardy, Agent, Beltsville, MD
Sat Oct 24, 2009
The short answer is no. The HUD-1 is the form required for settlement transactions and if the information on that form is not the actual transaction you, the buyer and the settlement attorney are all party to have committed fraud and all could be prosecuted. If you want to have the $5,000 added to the transaction so that the buyer can take cash away that also is no longer permitted. I would strongly urge you to speak to a settlement attorney and an honest realtor.
This is not the sort of buyer you want to do business with if you want to ensure you are not caught up in both local and or federal charges that carry stiff fines and prison terms.

Arthur Hardy, Realtor
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Harry R Brub…, Agent, ALEXANDRIA, VA
Sat Oct 24, 2009
Hello Mary, If you have to ask 'the question' , that gives you time to pause and ponder the truthfulness of the action. Tell the truth has always been the model....keeps you out of any jam. Cheers! Brubaker & Associates
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., , Columbus, OH
Sat Oct 24, 2009
Without professing to be a legal professional or tax accountant, rather simply sharing with you practical information I've learned as a licensed real estate broker in the State of Ohio, ALL TERMS OF A REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION MUST BE DISCLOSED. Any other approach is either illegal, unethical, or both and could come back to bite the participants at some point in the future.

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Saab Realtors, , Vienna, VA
Sat Oct 24, 2009
What paper r u talking about?
On the contract?
Let me interpret what u r asking.
Ur buyer wants to put on the sales oprice $5k more than what u r selling it for.
How r they taking that $5k.
If it is on HuD-1 and approved by Lender, lender may have a reason to approve(like closing cost credit).

This is something ur agent , settlement attorney or ur own attorney can answer after looking at ther papers u r going to sign off.
Please don't get into these things, w/o professional help.
Ramesh Chandra,
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