You'll pay around 2.0% of your home's final sale price in seller closing costs when you sell a home in Pennsylvania. For a $237,742 home — the median home value in Pennsylvania — you'd pay around $4,795.
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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania and how much you can expect to pay for each of them. Need estimates for your sale? You'll also find our Pennsylvania seller closing costs calculator!
How much are seller closing costs in Pennsylvania?
Seller closing costs are fees you pay when you finalize the sale of your home in Pennsylvania. These include the costs of verifying and transferring ownership to the buyer and many are unavoidable.
Pennsylvania seller closing costs
🔍 Title service and closing fees
🗞 Owner's title insurance
Typically covered by buyer
🏡 Transfer tax
✍ Recording fees
💰 Property taxes
*Based on a sale price of $237,742, the typical home value in Pennsylvania (Zillow September 30, 2021)
In Pennsylvania, you'll pay about 2.0% 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 Pennsylvania?
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 Pennsylvania, sellers typically pay for title and closing fees, transfer taxes, and recording fees at closing.
Title and closing fees: 0.18%
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 Pennsylvania, 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: 0.78%
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 Pennsylvania, owner's title insurance usually costs around 0.78% of your home's final sale price — or $1,843 for a $237,700 home. However, the specific rate for your property may vary. Title companies in Pennsylvania often use tiered pricing to determine how much you'll pay for a policy based on your home's value.
Typically, the buyer covers the cost of an owner's title insurance policy in Pennsylvania, but it's not uncommon for both parties to negotiate who pays this closing cost.
Pennsylvania transfer tax: 1.00%
Pennsylvania charges you about 1.00% of your home's sale price to transfer the title to the new owner. If you sell for Pennsylvania's median home value — $238,000 — you'd pay $2,380. 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.
Pennsylvania recording fees: $150
Your state or local government charges a fee for legally recording a property's deed and mortgage information. Expect to pay around $150 in Pennsylvania — though you may be able to negotiate for the buyer to cover this cost.
Property taxes: Varies
In Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania closing costs for sellers
Every Pennsylvania home sale is unique, and many come with a few surprise fees. For example, you may want to pay for a new home appraisal for your historic Philadelphia townhouse, or you might need to retain a real estate attorney to guide the sale of your Pittsburgh investment rental. Whatever your situation, you should be prepared to handle a few unforeseen expenses. 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 Pennsylvania neighborhood you're selling in and other factors.
Pennsylvania closing costs calculator
In Pennsylvania, you should expect to pay around 2.0% 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania closing costs
While closing costs aren't typically the biggest expense for sellers in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, real estate commission costs an average of $13,320 — 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 $3,663 on a median-priced home in Pennsylvania!
Other home selling costs in Pennsylvania
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
The Pennsylvania real estate market has seen excellent growth over the past several years, driven in large part by strong urban markets like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. However, softening listing prices over the past year suggest that sellers are anticipating weaker demand. That means this is a great time to sell, before a down cycle sets in.
Whether you’re selling your historic Philadelphia home in favor of something more modern, or you’re putting your Allentown family home on the market because you’re downsizing, you’ll want to make the most money possible from your sale.
You can save yourself a few dollars by negotiating with your buyer to cover some of your closing costs, but the most efficient way to preserve your profits is to lower your own realtor fees. Fortunately, Clever's pre-negotiated lower listing fees — either 1% or $3,000 — with some of Pennsylvania's best real estate agents. Contact Clever today to see how much you can save!