What fees do the sellers typically pay for at closing?

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What fees do the sellers typically pay for at closing?

We live in IN and are buying a villa in FL. We feel that our real estate agent is not completely on our side. Our IN lender said that the seller usually pays for title insurance (owners coverage) and the state tax stamp-deed. Our agent said that our lender does not know FL law and had no business telling us that. He has even said that we got such a good deal on the price that we could pay these fees. The owner must sel l -it is a 55+ community where his mother lived; she died and he is not of age. The agent keeps changing the contract and has moved up the closing date.

Asked on January 25, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

These fees and who typically pays them varies from state-to-state (sometimes even county-to-county). However that having been said, my research suggests that you are correct. In FL, the custom is that the seller pays for both state Documentary Stamp Tax for Deed of Conveyance and the owner's title insurance policy.  Additionally, the seller usually pays for Title Search, Exam and Closing Fee and the Assessment Search (current year's real estate taxes are prorated at closing).


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