Common Expenses Associated With Selling Your Home

November 4, 2023

Learn about common closing costs when selling a home in North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham Triangle. Get local expert advice here!

As an experienced real estate agent with over 17 years of experience in the Raleigh-Durham real estate market, I wanted to provide guidance for homeowners who are selling their residential property in the region.

My name is Tim Clarke, and I lead a top-performing real estate team helping clients buy and sell homes across the Triangle area.

Real Estate Agent Commission Fees

When you decide to sell your house, partnering with a knowledgeable real estate agent can streamline the process.

As your agent, I would market your home across relevant platforms, host open houses and showings, negotiate with buyers, and guide you through the closing paperwork.

In return for these services, real estate agents charge a standard commission fee upon closing, typically between 5-6% of the final sale price.

For example, if we sold your 300,000 Raleigh home at a 6% commission rate, my fee would amount to 18,000. This payment compensates me for executing a successful sale.

As an established agent in North Carolina, I have connections with lenders, attorneys, home inspectors, and other professionals to facilitate quick home sales.

My familiarity with the Triangle real estate landscape also helps me effectively price, stage, and market properties to qualified buyers through word-of-mouth and digital channels.

Sellers who leverage my expertise net more lucrative offers while enjoying a streamlined experience.

Title Search and Title Insurance Fees

Before placing your home on the market, I would coordinate title search and title insurance services on your behalf.

A professional title search company investigates public records connected to your property for any unpaid taxes, claims, or other issues that could derail a sale.

This due diligence protects you from legal surprises. Title insurance further shields the buyer from potential property disputes down the road.

Obtaining title search and insurance demonstrates good faith to interested buyers.

Fees for title services correlate with the company used and your home's valuation. A

s your agent, I maintain relationships with reputable North Carolina title companies charging competitive rates to provide title search and insurance packages to my clients.

I would be happy to discuss title service options and estimated costs based on your home's projected sale price. My goal is making title fees predictable and affordable.

Transfer Tax Considerations

Upon closing, you will owe a real estate transfer tax to North Carolina and your specific county calculated as a percentage of the final sale amount.

Transfer taxes fund local infrastructure, schools, parks, and other public resources.

Depending on where your home is located in Wake, Durham, Orange, or surrounding counties, transfer tax rates range between 0.4-1.0% of the purchased price.

As a Triangle area native, I can help you calculate and account for transfer taxes in financial planning. We want to avoid any unwanted surprises at closing.

Legal Guidance For Smooth Closings

I highly recommend retaining a real estate attorney when selling property in North Carolina.

An experienced lawyer can review sales contracts, ensure proper document transfers, oversee title work, and record the final deed.

Attorney involvement becomes especially crucial for sellers facing complex transactions, inherited properties, or out-of-state relocations.

I maintain positive affiliations with several trusted real estate attorneys in Wake County charging reasonable hourly fees. If desired, I would connect you with seasoned legal counsel to promote a smooth closing.

A lawyer can also monitor transaction details and wire transfers to prevent costly errors. The input of a qualified real estate attorney makes the seller experience less stressful.

Leverage My Years of Real Estate Expertise

With over 1,500 home transactions completed, I bring extensive experience guiding Raleigh-Durham sellers through profitable and straightforward sales. My advice for maximizing your sale includes:

  • Work with a real estate agent intimately familiar with the local market. I leverage longstanding Triangle relationships to accurately set listing prices, connect with interested buyers, and negotiate optimal offers.
  • Consult a real estate lawyer, especially for high-value or complex sales. I collaborate with experienced attorneys to protect your legal and financial interests.
  • Start the selling process early and prepare documentation ahead of schedule. Proper planning prevents last-minute crises.
  • Let your agent lead the heavy lifting so you can focus on your next chapter. My team manages the details - marketing, showings, paperwork, and closing logistics - freeing you up.

With the right guidance, selling your Raleigh-Durham home can be extremely rewarding. My proven track record and deep regional expertise empower clients to maximize sale outcomes with less hassle.

Please reach out if you are thinking of listing your property so we can get started!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are closing costs?

Closing costs are the fees charged to process and finalize the sale of a home. They include charges for the title search, appraisal, attorney fees, and more.

How much are closing costs?

Closing costs range from 3-5% of the home's sale price. Your agent can give you a more accurate estimate based on your specific transaction.

When are closing costs due?

Closing costs are due on the closing date, which is when the sale is finalized and the home's ownership officially transfers to the buyer.

Can closing costs be negotiated?

Some closing costs are negotiable, such as title insurance fees. But other costs like transfer taxes are set. Your agent can advise you on what's open for negotiation.

Who pays closing costs?

In North Carolina, the seller typically pays the closing costs, while the buyer pays other upfront costs like inspections and the down payment.

Do I need a lawyer for closing?

Hiring a real estate attorney is recommended to review documents and represent your interests in the transaction. Your agent can connect you with trusted lawyers.

How can I estimate my net proceeds?

Your net proceeds are the sale price minus closing costs, commissions, and any outstanding mortgage balance or liens. Your agent can provide a detailed net proceeds estimate.

What if the appraisal is low?

If the appraisal value is lower than the sale price, you may need to lower the price or renegotiate with the buyer. Your agent can help strategize options.

When do I have to move out after closing?

Closing dates are typically set to allow adequate time for the seller to vacate the property. But the purchase contract specifies the date you must be moved out.

How do I transfer utilities?

Contact utility companies in advance to cancel or transfer service out of your name as of the closing date. Your agent can provide provider contact information.

Tim M. Clarke

About the author

17 years as a Realtor in the Research Triangle, Tim seeks to transform the Raleigh-Durham real estate scene through a progressive, people-centered approach prioritizing trust & transparency.

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