What kind of closing costs can I expect?
Our real estate attorneys consider realtor commissions, taxes, title related fees, etc. all to be "closing costs." Others may only call title-related fees "closing costs."
For sellers, the largest closing cost tends to be the realtor commission. This commission is typically between 4 percent and 6 percent of the sale price. The next largest cost is real estate property taxes. In Cook County, we pay property taxes in arrears — which means that this year, we are paying the last year's property taxes. So when you sell your home, you must give a property tax credit to the buyer for the taxes not yet due while you were still living in the home. This property tax credit can be negotiated and a formula is used to calculate the actual amount. The remaining costs include title-related fees, city, county and state taxes.
You may have additional questions regarding real estate transactions as a seller. Read answers to sellers' frequently asked questions.
Examples Of Calculating Closing Costs
Overall, in a typical transaction, sellers can expect to pay around 8 percent of the sale price in total closing costs. This includes a 5 percent realtor commission, taxes and title-related fees. For example, on a $200,000 home, the seller can expect to pay around $16,000 in total closing costs. Again, each transaction is different, and if no realtors are involved, the closing costs will be much lower because there will be no commissions to pay.
Another way to look at it would be to add 3 percent to the realtor commission. If your realtor commission is 6 percent, your total costs will likely be around 9 percent. If your realtor commission is 5 percent, your total costs will likely be around 8 percent. The realtor commission will be stated on the listing agreement that you signed when you put your home up for sale.
Whether you live in Chicago, Naperville, Schaumburg, Orland Park or another suburb, Bradford Miller Law, P.C., can help you with your real estate transaction. We offer very affordable rates. Call our office for a free 15-minute phone consultation.
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