Gary Thomas, Home Seller in Mountain View, CA

Who typically pays for the City and County transfer tax for Mountain View and what percent of sales price is it.?

Asked by Gary Thomas, Mountain View, CA Wed Mar 27, 2013

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City $3.30 per $1000, paid 50/50
County $1.10 per $1,000 paid by seller

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Hi Gary,

MOUNTAIN VIEW - City Transfer Tax $3.3/per $1,000 (Buyer Pays 50%, Seller Pays 50%)
SANTA CLARA - County Transfer Tax $1.1/per $1,000 (Seller Pays 100%)

Hope this is clear for you. Best Regards, Sophie CH LU
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In Mountain View, you are in the Santa Clara County, so it is customary that the seller pays for the County transfer tax, (1.1 per thousand of the sales price), and as for the City transfer tax, it is split by buyer and seller most of the time. But there is no law about that, and it is the contract that says what happens - as always, the contract rules. The City transfer tax is 3.3 per thousand of the sales price.
Around here only San Jose, Palo Alto and Mountain View have a City transfer tax. Why? hmmm who knows? ;-)
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Hi Gary,

I have a link on my website on "Who Pays What". You simple click on "Seller Services" then "Who Pays What" the county and enter the city. It varies by county and city.Who Pays?

Title Fees:
Seller Pay
Escrow Fees:
Seller Pay
Documentary Transfer Tax:
($0.55 per $500.00) Seller Pay
City Transfer Tax:
($1.65 per $500.00)
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