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How Much Money Will You See From the Sale of Your Home?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Big question, “How much money will you actually see from the sale of your home?” It’s one of the first questions sellers ask when they put their home on the market. But there are a lot of factors that come into play when calculating your home sales profits. And sellers are often blindsided by the closing costs.

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Home seller, do you want to know how much money you’ll see from the sale of your home? Of course, you do!

What are Closing Costs?

In New York, real estate closings are very technical procedures. And when you close on a property, it involves costs.

Closing costs are fees paid by the buyer and the seller when the title of the property is transferred from the seller to the buyer at the close of a real estate transaction. And they are separate from your agents’ commissions.

Buyers pay for more at closing than the seller does. But it’s usually the seller’s responsibility to cover both agents’ commissions. And real estate agent commissions run between 4 to 6 percent of the purchase price.

As the seller, your closing costs are subtracted from the profit you make on the home.

What Fees are Deducted from the Sale of Your Home?

According to, the closing costs you can expect to be deducted from the sale of your home at closing can include:

  • Fees the lender charges you to process and finalize your loan
  • Appraisal fees
  • Inspection fees
  • Credit search fees
  • Title search fees
  • Real estate attorney fees for closing
  • Transfer taxes
  • Prepaid property taxes
  • Prepaid interest
  • Homeowner’s insurance

These costs vary by lender. They also vary depending on what type of property you are purchasing – a house, co-op, or condo. And they equal about six to ten percent of the sale price of your home.

Transfer taxes are a major fee that you as the seller will pay. In New York, transfer taxes depend on the type of property you’re selling. But you can plan on paying 1 percent of the sale price for a residential property selling for $500,000 or less. If the sale price is $500,000 or more, you can expect to pay a transfer tax of 1.425 percent. The State of New York charges the seller $4 for every $1,000 of the sale price.

You should also be aware that as the seller, you may incur a Capital Gain tax when taxes come due at the end of the tax year.

Estimating closing costs offers a free consultation for closing costs for sellers in New York.

What are the Average Closing Costs for Sellers in New York?

Closing costs for sellers in New York are slightly higher than costs for buyers. They range from 8 to 10 percent for sellers. It’s crucial to have an experienced real estate attorney with you throughout the entire real estate transaction, but especially during closing. Why? Because simple mistakes made during the property sale negotiation or when the paperwork is being filled out could cost you thousands of dollars. And an attorney who doesn’t practice real estate law, much of the real estate transaction process will be foreign to them. Thus, it is extremely important that you hire an experienced real estate lawyer.

As a seller in New York, you can expect to pay the following closing costs:

  • Attorney’s fees vary depending on the time they spend preparing documents and giving advice
  • County clerks charge $30 to $100 for recording fees
  • Transfer Tax in New York is about 1.825 percent of the sale price
  • Mortgage contracts provide for the repayment of the outstanding mortgage. Buyers won’t take usually take a property unless the mortgage for the property is paid off before closing. This cost depends on the amount of the remaining mortgage, so this amount is impossible to estimate.
  • Your real estate broker’s commission is 5 to 6 percent of the sale price

What You can Expect Before and at Closing

Before closing, a lender is required to list all closing costs in detail on an initial loan estimate when you apply for the loan. And they must update their closing costs estimate a few days before you and the buyer close. These updated closing costs must be disclosed on the Closing Disclosure. This allows you to know what your closing costs will be and allow you to be prepared for them before closing actually takes place.

Closing usually occurs between 60 and 90 days after the contract is signed. After the contract is signed, the buyer sends your attorney a down payment. Down payments in the State of New York average around 10 percent of the purchase price. And the down payment is held in an escrow account.

If the buyer walks away from the contract before closing day, they risk losing their down payment without a justified reason, aka a mortgage contingency clause.

In preparation for closing, your real estate attorney will:

1. Order a title report to determine if there are unsatisfied liens or property violations for you to resolve before closing

2. Complete paperwork requested by the lender and deliver the documentation required

3. Help the buyer calculate the amount owed to you at closing

4. Determine how much you will owe to lenders, the title company, and third-parties (co-op boards for example) who are involved in your real estate transaction

5. Represent you making sure the deed, transfer tax returns, and mortgage documents are in order, and that they state what you agreed to previously

At closing, you will pay your real estate attorney and other closing costs.

Assisting You in the Sale of Your Home in New York

There are a lot of additional requirements and local real estate transaction customs in New York City. Again, an experienced real estate attorney will walk you through your real estate transaction making sure everything is correct and without issues.

If you are considering the sale of your home, contact me, Charles D’Alessandroyour Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate. With over 30 plus years as a Brooklyn real estate agent and broker, I can direct you to an experienced real estate attorney and help you sell your home.

Our office is completely shut down and committed to your safety during the COVID-19 health crisis in compliance with the State of New York public health policies. I can be reached by phone at (718) 253-9600 ext. 1901 or by email at [email protected].

Charles D'Alessandro

Charles D’Alessandro
Your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent
718-253-9600 ext. 1901

What are Your Responsibilities for Closing the Sale?

Monday, April 30th, 2018


What are your responsibilities for closing the sale of your house?

Congratulations! You’ve sold your house and have agreed with your buyer on a closing date. And everything that happens from the time escrow is opened until the final paperwork is recorded at the county courthouse is known as the closing.

Escrow will order the preliminary title report, the payoff balances from your lenders, the property tax balance due either to you or the county and other essential paperwork needed to complete the sale. But as the seller, what are your responsibilities for closing the sale?

Your Responsibilities as the Seller

During this period known as the closing, your responsibilities as the seller are to:

  • Maintain the house
  • Negotiate and repair issues the buyer’s inspector finds. Make sure repairs agreed upon are completed for the buyer’s final walkthrough.
  • If your buyer’s lender requires a survey of the property, review the document. If you think something is wrong, question the boundaries.
  • Notify your utility companies of your last day of service
  • Finish packing, loading up and moving out by the closing date

But don’t cancel your homeowner’s insurance policy yet. Wait to cancel it until the transfer of ownership has been recorded.

Your Responsibilities on Closing Day

On the day your home transaction closes, your deed is sent to be filed at the county courthouse. You and the buyer will sign a stack of closing documents at the title agency at separate times. You as the seller usually sign your stack of documents before the buyer signs their stack.

Agent commissions, mortgage payoffs, and down payments will all be paid on closing day. And if there are proceeds coming to you, you will receive a proceeds check.

At the time the buyer signs their stack of documents, they will receive the keys, remotes for the garage doors, and possibly receipts from any work that was agreed on to be done.

Bring the following with you on closing day:

  • The deed to your home, if the home is paid off and has no mortgage or liens
  • Your driver’s license or passport for a photo ID
  • If required, bring a certified check for the amount told to you by escrow
  • The keys, garage door openers, and security codes for the house

If you have been keeping warranties and instructions for heating, cooling, and plumbing systems, as well as for the appliances that will stay with the house, leave them for the buyer when you move out.

Your Responsibilities for Expenses as the Seller

  • The outstanding mortgage
  • Real estate commissions
  • Property taxes, utility bills, homeowner’s insurance, and condominium dues, if any are due (most of this is prorated at closing)
  • Escrow, title and/or attorney fees

Warranties are a kind of insurance policy that guarantees the mechanical systems and appliances for the year. If you live where home warranties are popular, this could mean another expense for you.

If your sales price doesn’t cover the total cost of paying off your loan and the other costs of sale, whatever you agreed to pay at closing will be deducted from your selling price or proceeds.

You can determine your closing costs will be here.

For more information on what your responsibilities as seller on closing day are, contact Charles D’Alessandroyour Brooklyn Real Estate Agent with Fillmore Real Estate at (718) 253-9600 ext.206 or email [email protected]. With over 30 years of experience in the Brooklyn real estate market, Charles is a Brooklyn Real Estate Agent you can trust to sell your home from the beginning of the home selling process to closing day.

Charles D’Alessandro

Your Brooklyn Real Estate

718-253-9600 ext. 206

[email protected]


4 Big Changes For “0” Surprises On Closing Day In Brooklyn

Monday, August 31st, 2015


Changes for an easier closing process are coming!

Changes to the new Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and Truth in Lending Act (TILA) will take effect October 3, 2015. What does this mean to today’s home buyer?

During the housing market crisis, millions of home buyers took on complicated mortgages without understanding them. Many lost their homes in short sales or foreclosure as a result. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is imposing changes to address these problems. It is their desire to improve the home buyer’s understanding of the mortgage process in order to help prevent the loss of homes to short sales or foreclosure for home buyers. The changes imposed on the closing process will be significant.

Key highlights of the changes as of October 3, 2015:

2 New Forms

The Good Faith Estimate, Truth-In-Lending Document and HUD-1 Settlement Statement will be replaced as part of the changes established by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act. Home buyers will see two new forms: loan estimate form and closing disclosure form.

The new loan estimate form:

  • Shorter
  • Summarizes the terms of a mortgage
  • Estimates loan fees and closing costs
  • Clearly states the loan terms and estimated closing costs
  • Explains what the loan terms and estimated closing costs are
  • More user-friendly

The closing disclosure form:

  • Shorter
  • More user-friendly
  • Easier to read
  • Provides a detailed account of the whole real estate transaction, from beginning to end, including loan terms, fees and closing costs

The new documents are designed to make comparing loan options and understanding changes that may occur between the time they applied for a loan and the settlement easier for home buyers.

This is a dramatic and significant change to the old way transactions have been handled. Again, the CFPB’s goal is to make closing easier for home buyers. Make It Easier for Consumers

New 3-Day Rule

Home buyers applying for a home loan after October 3, 2015, will be given three days to review paperwork and ask questions instead of rushing through closing without understanding what is going on in the closing process. This rule is a good one. It is the biggest change to mortgage closings and will have the greatest impact on home buyers.

The 3-day rule gives borrowers ample opportunity to thoroughly read the loan terms and closing documents and avoid surprises at the closing table. If they don’t understand something, they will have plenty of time to call their real estate agent, lender or title company and ask for an explanation.

  • Lenders must provide a loan estimate to borrowers within three business days after they apply for a mortgage.
  • Lenders must provide a closing document three business days prior to closing.

While an official loan estimate is only generated after a loan application for a specific property is made, lenders can generate a “fees worksheet” or similar document to help borrowers prepare for their cash needs at the closing during a preapproval process.

Requiring lenders to provide a loan estimate to borrowers within three business days after they apply for a mortgage redefines what goes into a loan application. A loan application requires the borrowers’ names, the borrowers’ income, the borrowers’ Social Security number, the property address, the estimated value of the property and the loan amount. Once the lender has that information, they have three business days to generate a loan estimate. Then the borrowers must sign an Intent To Proceed form to start the normal underwriting process.

Lenders cannot charge any fees except for a credit report and cannot require verification of any information from the borrowers before a loan estimate is generated and the Intent to Proceed form is signed.

Nothing else can be done and no other fees can be charged until the borrowers sign that Intent To Proceed form. The consumers can shop around during that 10-day period for other loans and use the loan estimate form as a comparison tool.

The new CFPB rule requirements will cause lenders and title companies to work in coordination with each other even though lenders are ultimately held responsible for meeting the standards of the regulation.

Until October 3, 2015, title companies prepared and delivered closing documents to borrowers. Now lenders are being held responsible for meeting the deadline. Lenders are typically taking on the preparation themselves.

These changes should be great for home buyers. They are going to make home buyers feel more confident about understanding their loan terms. However, while the responsibility of implementing these changes falls on lenders and title companies, consumers should be prepared for possible delays. Delays in settlements are to be expected until hiccups are worked out. Home buyers can take the following steps to avoid settlement delays:

  • Be aware of the big changes that will take effect October 3, 2015
  • Work with a lender and a title company who are well aware of and knowledgeable of the big changes
  • Realize what a great opportunity these big changes are for today’s home buyer. They are providing plenty of time to read and understand loan terms and closing documents
  • Review documents right away
  • Compare documents to the loan estimate. Make sure they match. Catching errors soon will help avoid significant delays in the closing process
  • Ask questions. Rely on the lender and real estate agent for help with understanding the documents

Here’s one more thing to consider regarding title insurance. Protecting the equity in a property is important. Title insurance protects the lender in case of a title dispute in the future. Homeowners are usually advised to purchase their own title insurance for protection of the investment they have in their home.

The new forms shared by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and title companies use the term “optional” in reference to the purchase of owner’s title insurance. See this example. Purchasing title insurance has always been optional, but some fear putting “optional” right on the disclosure form may encourage consumers to disregard and pass over it.

Some believe stating “recommended but optional” on the new forms would better encourage consumers to purchase title insurance.

Purchasing a home is the largest transaction in a person’s lifetime, both emotionally and financially. It’s important that consumers educate themselves on the home-buying process. Visit the CFPB site and learn as much as possible about these big changes coming to the closing process on October 3, 2015.

Feel free to contact Charles D’Alessandro, your Brooklyn Real Estate Agent of Fillmore Real Estate in Brooklyn. Get answers to the questions you may have regarding these big changes coming to the closing process on October 3, 2015. Call (718) 253-9700 ext. 206 or email [email protected].