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7 FAQs About How to Calculate the Profit from Your Home Sale

Every home seller wants to make a killer profit after closing, but that doesn’t always happen. This can be a huge letdown, especially when you were expecting a large profit on your home sale. Avoid a major letdown, by learning how to calculate the profit on your home sale.
Every home seller wants to make a killer profit after closing, but that doesn’t always happen. This can be a huge letdown, especially when you were expecting a large profit on your home sale. Avoid a major letdown, by learning how to calculate the profit on your home sale.

 

When selling a home, it can be difficult to come up with a number that represents the total profit that you will take home. Frankly, there are a ton of factors that eat away at your profits, from realtor commission fees to repairs, the costs add up.

However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to get a good idea of what you can expect to profit on your home sale. Especially if you connect with a real estate agent, you can estimate what you’ll take away.

We’ve got you covered with the answers to FAQs about how to calculate your profit on you home sale.

FAQs About How to Calculate the Profit from Your Home Sale

How much will I profit from my home sale?

The amount that a seller will profit from a home sale depends on a variety of factors including mortgage loans, repairs, and closing costs. Sellers should use a net sheet for an accurate estimation of their profit margin.

The net sheet outlines the costs associated with a home sale and assesses them against the sale price. This helps to determine a final estimation of the seller’s profit margin after everything is covered. The selling agent or the title company involved in the sale will provide a net sheet.

How do you calculate closing costs when selling a house?

Sellers can calculate closing costs on their home sale by getting the sum of the following:

  • Realtor commission fees
  • Mortgage payoff costs
  • Title insurance costs
  • Lender prepayment penalties
  • Attorney fees
  • Transfer taxes
  • HOA fees
  • Buyer credits
  • Escrow fees
  • Home warranty costs

Transfer taxes and attorney fees vary from state to state and may not apply to your home sale. An experienced real estate agent can help sellers come up with a precise total for closing costs and answer questions regarding transfer taxes.

What percentage of house sale goes to closing costs?

Sellers have to cover realtor commission fees and a number of additional costs. Realtor commission fees on their own will typically be around 6% of the home’s sale price. However, they can be significantly higher depending on the agent you work with.

Realtor commission fees are generally make up the bulk of seller closing costs. Repairs and renovations can also be major contributors. Overall, there are too many factors that influence home sale closing costs to come up with a single percentage that fits most home sales.

What costs are involved in selling a home?

The costs of selling a home can vary widely in accordance with state and county laws. Sellers should expect to cover the usual closing costs. Other hidden costs of a home sale are capital gains taxes, repairs to the home, staging, landscaping, and renovations.

As these costs can add up, it’s a good idea for sellers to save up for these costs prior to selling their home. A pre-sale inspection can also provide sellers with an exact estimate of any additional costs such as necessary repairs.

How long do you have to buy a house after selling one?

Sellers are free to purchase a home whenever they would like to after selling one. However, if you want to avoid paying capital gains tax via 1031 exchange, there are certain rules that apply to the time period in which you must buy your next property.

It is best to discuss this with a qualified intermediary (QI). These tax professionals are knowledgeable and can help you navigate the treacherous waters of the IRS. Your real estate agent will likely be able to recommend a talented QI.

Who pays closing costs when selling a house by owner?

Both the buyer and seller are responsible for paying closing costs when selling a house by owner, although they pay for different things. However, standard practice dictates that the seller covers real estate agent commission costs of both the buyer’s and seller’s agent. The buyer and seller will split escrow fees.

Do sellers pay property taxes at closing?

Whether sellers pay property taxes at closing depends on when the property taxes were last paid. If the annual property taxes were already paid, the seller will not have to pay property taxes. However, if the seller has not paid their annual property tax, they will typically credit the buyers for the cost of the property taxes.

How Clever Can Help Boost Your Profits

Clever Partner Agents make it easy to get an estimate of the profits you’ll collect from your home sale. Partner Agents are full-service agents who will communicate with you every step of the way when selling your home.

Clever Partner Agents also work to save you money. Partner Agents work for a flat fee of $3,000 or 1% of your home’s sale price if your home sells for more than $350,000. That means more money in your bank account. If you’re interested in selling your home, connect with a local Clever Partner Agent today.

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Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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