Whether you are buying or selling a home in Santa Clara County, you should be aware of what fees is paid by which party. Note that the fees I have listed below vary by county to county and is negotiable by contract. These are not an all inclusive list, but I have tried to include the most common items.

Fees generally paid by seller:

  • Real estate commission
  • Document transfer tax ($1.10 per $1000.00 of sales price)
  • Any city transfer or conveyance tax
  • Owner’s title insurance premium
  • Escrow Fee
  • Tax proration (for any unpaid taxes at the time of transfer of title)
  • Recording charges to clear all documents of record to the seller
  • Any delinquent taxes, judgments, liens against the seller

Fees generally paid by the buyer:

  • Lenders title insurance premium
  • Notary Fees
  • Recording charges for all documents in buyer’s name
  • Tax proration from the date of acquisition
  • Interest on new loan from date of funding to 30 day prior to first payment date
  • Hazard Insurance premium for first year
  • County preliminary change of ownership fee

If you are looking to buy or sell in Santa Clara county and have any questions pertaining to the process or need a referral for a real estate agent, email me at [email protected]. To remain updated on the real estate/mortgage market you can follow me on Twitter.