Don’t Forget About These Closing Costs When Selling



We’re in a seller’s market. Many people who have their homes listed think about the potential profit they’ll make on the sale. But, before you start calculating just how much you’re going to pocket once you pay off your mortgage, you need to consider what your closing costs will be. Sellers can expect to pay up to ten percent of the sales price in fees when closing. While specific fees will vary depending on your location and situation, here’s a breakdown of typical closing costs for sellers.

Closing Costs When Selling a Home

Loan payoff fees

When you sell your home, money from the sale will be paid towards what you still owe on your mortgage. But you should expect the amount to be higher than the actual remaining balance. In some situations, your lender requires you to pay prorated interest for your home loan as a prepayment penalty. You are also required to pay off any home equity loans or lines of credit you have.

Realtor Commission

As the seller, you’ll likely pay the commission fees for the real estate agents that worked on the deal — both the buyer’s agent and your agent. While the fees vary, they are usually about six percent of the sales price. This is split between the real estate agents.

Attorney fees

Not all real estate transactions require an attorney. But if you did use an attorney during the sale of your home then you may pay attorney fees at closing. In some markets, buyers and sellers have different attorneys. In others, the buyer and the seller share an attorney for the transaction. The seller isn’t always responsible for this fee. If you have any questions about attorney fees, how much they are, and who pays them, then talk with your real estate agent.

Title insurance fees

Title insurance helps protect the buyer in a real estate transaction if there are disputes with the title after closing. Sellers typically pay the title insurance fees at closing.

Liens or judgments

If the title search uncovers any liens or judgments against your property, then these will also need to be paid before you close on the home. Liens stay attached to the property, they do not follow the owner of the property, so they must be satisfied before the sale can proceed.

Taxes and recording fees

As a seller, you’ll pay transfer taxes when you close. These are imposed by your local or state government to cover the cost of transferring the title from you to the buyer. You must also pay any outstanding property taxes that are due before the sale can be completed.

Repair costs

If the home inspection turned up any issues and you agreed to have these problems repaired, then you need to pay for those repair costs before closing. These can often be paid as a credit to the buyer.

HOA dues

Finally, if your home is part of a homeowners association, then your dues must be paid in full up to the date of closing.


When you’re buying or selling a home in San Antonio, the closing process can be confusing. Which is why our team of expert Realtors guide you through the process. We will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to successfully close on the home.


For other real estate tips or advice if you’re thinking of selling your home in San Antonio, contact Melissa Muse Wiggans, Broker and Owner of Real Estate Muses. Her team of top San Antonio Realtors specialize in residential real estate for those buying and selling homes in San Antonio. Our team also assists military families who PCS and others moving or relocating to San Antonio, TX. Visit realestatemuses.com or call 210-485-9913 today.

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