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Old 07-14-2004, 03:18 PM
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Seller's don't pay for the title insurance.....Get an exact list of what you are expected to pay (Good Faith Estimate and send it to me. I'll give you a good idea of what's crap and what's not.)
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Old 07-14-2004, 09:33 PM
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OK...each state is different but the first thing you need to do is read your real estate sales contract BEFORE you sign it and until you understand it don't sign it!

Now to closing costs...as I said each state is different..on what is customary BUT you can write anything you want in a contract so find out what is normal for your area..example:

In Iowa the seller splits the cost of title insurance, pays for the revenue tax on the deed, prorates taxes and usually has a closing fee to the title company, real estate company and of course the sale comission.

In Missouri the seller doesn't pay any of the title costs, does prorate taxes, no revenue stamps here, pays the title company and commission.

As to loan closing costs..Some sellers will pay some closing costs in rare instance but it is usually a set amount like..Seller will contribute up to $x,xxx.xx toward buyers closing costs. Make sure you state however that if the costs do not total this then the remaining go back to you. Normal closing costs for a buyer would be about $600-$1200 not including points, origination fees, and prepaid expenses like escrow deposits and first years insurance. maybe a bit higher as Title insurace is a dollar amount per $1000 calculation $3-4K is very high.

For a qualified buyer there is no reason for you to pay part of thier costs unless you have a difficult home to sell or you have a first time buyer that is short of cash but then factor in what you will pay into your counter offer. Also don't let the buyers broker or bank tell you what you are going to do, they don't represent you and have no contract with you.

Again..don't sign any contract until you fully understand it and if you don't get a local attorney that is well versed in real estate to tell you what it says. Not all attorneys are well versed so make sure they understand the current laws and customs.
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Old 07-15-2004, 08:04 AM
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The deal is dead now.......he signed the contract saying he was getting a conventional loan....come to find out yesterday it was an 80\20 loan and he expected me to pay all closing costs at first....then he said 4K worth. Sorry but thats 2 loans with double the paperwork, did I decide that....heck no, now why in the world would I pay for him to get an 80\20 loan???? I'm glad that the deal is off now.....if it's this shady going into it I can guarantee you that some other junk would come up later. Nothing but a waste of my time and I don't have a dime to show for it.
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Real estate's a ripoff. Sell your house, move into a cheap hotel and sink all your dough into some 1075s and #6s.
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