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Closing Costs and Who Pays What Closing costs are what the buyer and seller will pay as part of the escrow transaction. Some fees are negotiable between the seller and buyer as to “Who Pays What.” Below is an example of some typical closing costs which may vary from county to county.*

YOURS or THEIRS? The Personal vs. Real Property Dilemma The distinction between personal property and real property can be the source of difficulties in a real estate transaction. A purchase contract is normally written to include all real property, that is, all aspects of the property that are fastened down or an integral part of the structure. For example, this would include light fixtures, drapery rods, attached mirrors, trees and shrubs in the ground. It would not include potted plants, free-standing refrigerators, washer/dryers, microwaves, bookcases, swag lamps, etc. If there is any uncertainty whether an item is included in the sale or not, it is best to be sure that the particular item is mentioned in the purchase agreement as being included or excluded.

CLOSING COSTS Standard Coverage for Title Insurance Premium

BUYER

SELLER

40%

60%

Additional Premium for any Extended Coverage Policy

X

(Including ALTA Homeowners Policy and/or Lender’s Policy)

X

Cost of Drafting Mortgage and Note or Agreement of Sale

X

Cost of Drafting Conveyance Documents & Bills of Sale X

Cost of Obtaining Buyer’s Consents

X

Cost of Obtaining Seller’s Consents (e.g., Lessor’s consent) X

Buyer’s Notary Fees

X

Seller’s Notary Fees 50%

Escrow Recording Fees Except Documents to Clear Seller’s Title (e.g., Deed, encroachment agreements)

50%

X

Recording Fees to Clear Seller’s Title (e.g. Mortgage Release)

X

Required Staking or Survey

X

Condominium and Association Ownership Transfer Fees

X

FHA or VA Discount Points and any Mortgage Fees

X

FHA or VA Mandatory Closing Fees

X

Conveyance Tax

X

FIRPTA (Federal Withholding if Applicable)

X

HAPRTA (State Withholding if Applicable)

X

Source: Hawaii Association of Realtors ® Standard Form Purchase Contract F6

*This list is an example only of typical closing costs and may vary based on negotiations or customary area practice.

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