You'll pay around 0.5% of your home's final sale price in seller closing costs when you sell a home in Hawaii. For a $809,570 home — the median home value in Hawaii — you'd pay around $4,433.
In most cases, your closing costs will come out of your sales proceeds — but they're only a portion of what you'll pay at closing. Expect to pay realtor fees, your mortgage payoff, and other home selling expenses as well. If you don't get enough money for your home to pay off these expenses, you may have to pay for some of them out-of-pocket.
Since realtor fees will likely be one of your biggest expenses, finding a lower rate is one of the best ways to save when you sell. Thankfully, you can save money by finding an agent with Clever! We pre-negotiate low listing fees of just $3,000 or 1% with top full-service Hawaii realtors so you can keep more in your pocket after selling your home.
Keep reading to find out which closing costs sellers typically cover in Hawaii and how much you can expect to pay for each of them. Need estimates for your sale? You'll also find our Hawaii seller closing costs calculator!
How much are seller closing costs in Hawaii?
Seller closing costs are fees you pay when you finalize the sale of your home in Hawaii. These include the costs of verifying and transferring ownership to the buyer and many are unavoidable.
Hawaii seller closing costs
🔍 Title service and closing fees
🗞 Owner's title insurance
🏡 Conveyance tax
✍ Recording fees
typically covered by buyer
💰 Property taxes
*Based on a sale price of $809,570, the typical home value in Hawaii (Zillow November 30, 2021)
In Hawaii, you'll pay about 0.5% of your home's final sale price in closing costs, not including realtor fees.
Keep in mind that this is only an estimate. While closing costs will always have to be paid, your real estate agent can often negotiate who pays them — you or the buyer.
Who pays closing costs in Hawaii?
Buyers and sellers share the burden of paying for closing costs at the end of a home sale, but they won’t pay for the same things. In Hawaii, sellers typically pay for title and closing fees, transfer taxes, and owner's title insurance at closing.
Title and closing fees: 0.12%
When you sell your home, you have to transfer legal ownership of the property to the buyer. Before that, your settlement agent will do a title search to make sure no one else has a legal claim to the property.
Title fees pay for the settlement agent who handles the search and transfer of your title, as well as other related closing services.
In Hawaii, the buyer and seller typically cover the cost of their own title company or closing agent, but don’t expect this for every sale. Ask your realtor if you're not sure.
Owner's title insurance: 0.23%
An owner's title insurance policy protects a buyer in case a problem arises regarding previous ownership of a title. This includes anything from clerical errors in the paperwork to full disputes over ownership. This title insurance policy covers any fees for legal representation or to reimburse the value of a home if mistakes are made.
In Hawaii, owner's title insurance usually costs around 0.23% of your home's final sale price — or $1,828 for a $809,600 home. However, the specific rate for your property may vary. Title companies in Hawaii often use tiered pricing to determine how much you'll pay for a policy based on your home's value.
Typically, the seller covers the cost of an owner's title insurance policy in Hawaii, but it's not uncommon for both parties to negotiate who pays this closing cost.
Hawaii conveyance tax: 0.20%
Hawaii charges you about 0.20% of your home's sale price to transfer the title to the new owner. If you sell for Hawaii's median home value — $810,000 — you'd pay $1,620. However, your county or city may also charge their own transfer taxes. Check with your realtor and title company to see what taxes you'll owe in your area.
Hawaii recording fees: $0
Your state or local government charges a fee for legally recording a property's deed and mortgage information. Expect to pay around $0 in Hawaii — though you may be able to negotiate for the buyer to cover this cost.
Property taxes: Varies
In Hawaii, your county may collect property taxes for the current year at the end of the year. If that's the case in your area, you'll pay property taxes at closing for the portion of the year that you owned the property. That way, the buyer doesn't have to pay taxes for the entire year when they only owned it for a few months.
In areas where you pay property taxes at the beginning of the year, the buyer would typically reimburse you at closing for the remaining months.
Other Hawaii closing costs for sellers
Every Hawaii home sale is unique, and a good percentage of them will come with unforeseen costs attached. For example, you may have to hire a real estate attorney to vet the sale of your Hilo villa, or maybe you’ll get hit with condo fees when you unload your Honolulu penthouse. Whatever your situation, you should be prepared to pay off some surprise fees during your transaction. Here are a few of the most common:
- Homeowners Association (HOA) fees
- Settlement or attorney fees
- Property appraisal fees
- Mortgage payoff and/or prepayment penalties
Your realtor will have a better idea of the closing costs you can expect to pay, depending on the Hawaii neighborhood you're selling in and other factors.
Hawaii closing costs calculator
In Hawaii, you should expect to pay around 0.5% of your home's final sale price in closing costs — although your exact charges will vary based on your home's value, local fees, and your arrangements with the buyer.
Use this Hawaii closing costs calculator to see how much money will come out of your proceeds at closing — and how much you'll take home after the sale.
How to save on Hawaii closing costs
While closing costs aren't typically the biggest expense for sellers in Hawaii, you do have some options to help you pay less, if possible.
Negotiate for the buyer to pay
If you're selling in the middle of a hot seller's market with low housing inventory, you may be able to ask the buyer to cover some of your closing costs.
Competition among buyers is fierce in these market conditions, so they're typically more willing to make concessions so you'll accept their offer on your Hawaii home.
Shop around for better prices
You can also save some money by shopping around for cheaper rates on services like title insurance and closing fees.
However, these costs are relatively low and tend to be fairly consistent from title company to title company. When you're already navigating inspections, repair requests, and appraisals, calling seven different companies to find a $50 discount on owner's title insurance probably isn't worth the hassle!
Save on realtor fees
The best way to save money on a big chunk of your selling costs is to find a realtor who charges lower listing fees. In Hawaii, real estate commission costs an average of $42,098 — that's typically more expensive than the rest of your closing costs combined!
Thankfully, there's a way to save big by selling with Clever. With listing fees of just $3,000 or 1%, you'll save an average of $12,953 on a median-priced home in Hawaii!
Other home selling costs in Hawaii
Closing costs aren't the only expenses you'll have to pay when you sell your home. As noted, most sellers cover the realtor commission for both their agent and the buyer's agent.
On top of realtor fees and closing costs, you may also face these expenses:
- Repairs and prepping your home to sell
- Buyer incentives, like offering a home warranty
- Relocation and moving expenses
Hawaii enjoys some of the highest property values of any U.S. state, and the market’s been on an upward trajectory for several years now. This is an excellent time to sell, especially if you think a down cycle is coming.
Whether you’re selling your Honolulu single family home because you’re headed back to the mainland, or putting your Hilo vacation rental on the market because you’ve had enough of being a host, you’ll want to make the most money possible from your home sale.
Average real estate commission in Hawaii is 5.20% of the final sale price, which really adds up when you’re talking about a six or seven figure sale. If you can lower your realtor fees, you'll save a lot more money than simply negotiating for your buyer to pay some of your closing costs. Fortunately, Clever's pre-negotiated lower listing fees — either 1% or $3,000 — with some of Hawaii's best real estate agents. Contact Clever today to see how much you can save!