Cashing In

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Cashing In: The Costs of a Sale

Those accustomed to moving, or 11.7% of the population in any given year according to Census data, seem to understand that moving carries a cost. Buyers understand there are costs involved with buying – down payment, closing costs, initial repairs or improvements and maybe a new couch that fits the new space.

A lesser known fact is that selling a home also carries a fairly standard set of inherent costs. Greg Kester of Pioneer Title breaks it down, “The seller is usually paying for anything associated with the sale, to show they have a sell-able, insurable property where the buyer is usually paying for anything to finance that home.”

Seller costs can be less intuitive, or more surprising, but a good rule of thumb is to budget 8-10% of the price of the sale to be safe.

Seller-paid costs

  • Real estate commissions -this is not a fixed number for all real estate companies, but Buy-Boise charges 6% to sell your home, 1/2 of which is given to the Buyer’s agent’s brokerage
  • Title insurance – also a percentage based on the price (.5% or less)
  • Settlement fees – usually split 50/50 with buyers and $680 or less
  • Unpaid taxes (billed bi-annually), irrigation fees, dues or assessments

Other potential costs to sell a home in Idaho

  • Capital gains tax (if there was a profit, and the home was not owner-occupied 2 of the last 5 years)
  • Seller-paid repairs
  • Seller paid closing costs
  • Transfer of security deposits and rents (for an occupied rental property)

Seller-paid closing costs have been trending up in Idaho. I started noticing it back when the Boise real estate market conditions took a big dip, but the idea seemed to gain traction, even as the market recovered. Buyers find it attractive more so than sellers, who already face some costs of selling.

Buyers often choose this form of negotiation because it decreases the amount they have to bring the closing table dollar-for-dollar in a lending situation. A reduction in purchase price only reduces “cash to close” by a percentage, in financing situations. It also affects the monthly payment ever so slightly.

“Whether it’s a buyers or sellers market can really determine whether buyers are asking for closing costs,” says our Pioneer Title expert Greg.

Costs to Buy a Home in Idaho

  • Down payment
  • Closing costs (loan origination, documentation, settlement fees  recording, pre-paid insurance, etc)
  • Appraisal – paid by the buyer about 60% of the time
  • Home inspection

A home tends to account for our biggest life purchases, and then one of our biggest sales. It’s important to fully understand all the numbers when making decision about selling your home, and evaluating the costs and profitability of a change.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to email me, or comment with your individual questions.

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Shana Foster Moore

Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional

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