On average, sellers in Washington can expect to pay 3.80% of their home's final sale price in closing costs. For a $613,674 home — the median home value in Washington — you'd pay around $23,312.
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Keep reading to find out which closing costs sellers typically cover in Washington and how much you can expect to pay for each of them.
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How much are seller closing costs in Washington?
Seller closing costs are fees and taxes you pay when you finalize the sale of your home in Washington. These include the costs of verifying and transferring ownership to the buyer, so most are unavoidable.
Keep in mind that closing costs in Washington do not include realtor fees. These are an extra 5.30% on average — and they're nearly always paid by the seller.
Who pays closing costs in Washington?
Buyers and sellers each pay unique closing costs to finalize a home sale. In Washington, sellers typically pay for the title and closing service fees, transfer taxes, and recording fees at closing. Optional costs for sellers include buyer incentives, pro-rated property taxes, or for an attorney.
Buyers, on the other hand, pay for things like mortgage, appraisal, and inspection fees. Learn more about buyer closing costs.
These closing costs are 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.
If you want to get the most out of negotiations, you'll need an experienced agent who has your best interests in mind. Clever can help by matching you with a top agent in your area who can score you a great deal.
Title service fees: 0.21%
Title fees cover the costs of the title search and title transfer.
When you sell your home, you have to transfer legal ownership of the property to the buyer. To ensure there are no claims or liens on your home, your settlement agent will complete a title search.
In Washington, buyers and sellers usually pay for 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: N/A
Owner's title insurance protects the buyer if there's a problem with the property title. It will pay for any legal fees if mistakes are found — or potentially even reimburse the value of the home.
In Washington, it's more common for the buyer to pay for owner's title insurance.
However, it's always possible to negotiate who pays what.
Lender's title insurance: N/A
Just like owner's title insurance protects the buyer, lender's title insurance protects the bank or financial institution that issued the buyer a mortgage.
In Washington, the buyer usually pays for lender's title insurance, so you're off the hook. Still, it's always possible the buyer will try to get you to pay for this in negotiations, so make sure you have a quality real estate agent looking out for your best interests.
Real estate excise tax: 1.28%
Washington charges you about 1.28% of your home's sale price to transfer the title to the new owner. If you sell for Washington's median home value — $613,674 — you'd pay $7,855.
Some cities and counties also charge their own transfer tax. Check with your realtor and title company to see what taxes you'll owe in your area.
Washington recording fees: 0.01%
Your city or county will charge a fee to legally record your property's deed and mortgage information. The exact amount will vary based on your location, but you can expect to pay around $50 in Washington — although you might be able to negotiate for the buyer to cover this cost.
Buyer incentives: 2%
Buyer incentives can help you secure a sale in tough markets by making it easier or more appealing for a buyer to purchase your property. You can pay some of the buyer's closing costs, offer repair credits, or include valuable items in the sale of the home.
The average amount sellers spend on buyer incentives in Washington comes to about $12,273.
Don't forget about property taxes!
When you sell a home in Washington, you'll still have to pay property taxes for the months you owned the property. Using this prorated system, you won't be on the hook for the full 12 months of taxes. However, this does make it more difficult to estimate how much you'll owe at closing.
The average property tax rate in Washington is #N/A, but this can vary quite a bit depending on your county.
For instance, Pierce has the highest property tax rate in the state at 1.19%. Meanwhile, San Juan residents have the lowest property tax rate at just 0.61%.
Be sure to check with your real estate agent so you can find out exactly you'll need to pay in property taxes.
Other Washington closing costs for sellers
Every Washington home sale is unique, and many come with a few surprise fees. Here are a few of the most common additional costs you may face selling your Washington home:
- Homeowners Association (HOA) fees
- Mortgage payoff and/or prepayment penalties
- Property appraisal fees (averages $305)
- Attorney fees (optional in Washington, averages $288)
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Your realtor will have a better idea of the closing costs you can expect to pay, depending on the Washington neighborhood you're selling in and other factors.
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How to save on Washington closing costs
While closing costs aren't usually the biggest expense for sellers in Washington, there are a few ways to reduce these fees.
Negotiate for the buyer to pay
If you're selling in the middle of a hot seller's market with low housing inventory, you could 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 Washington home.
When you're selling in a buyer's market, however, they'll likely ask you to make more concessions since you won't be getting as many offers.
Shop around for better prices
It might be possible to 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 among different companies. When you're already navigating inspections, repair requests, and appraisals, calling several different companies to find a $50 discount probably isn't worth the hassle!
Save on realtor fees
The best way to reduce your selling costs is to find a realtor who charges lower listing fees. In Washington, real estate commission costs an average of $32,525 — that's usually 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 1.5%, you'll save up to 50% on realtor commission, putting more money in your pocket.
Frequently asked questions
How much are seller closing costs in Washington?
In Washington, expect to pay about 3.80% of your home's sale price in closing costs — not including realtor fees. At the median home value of $613,674, this equates to around $23,312 at closing. Learn more about what makes up seller closing costs in Washington.
Who pays closing costs in Washington?
Buyers and sellers each pay for different closing costs to finalize a sale. In Washington, sellers typically pay for title fees, documentary stamp taxes, owner's title insurance expenses, and recording fees at closing. Learn more about who pays closing costs in Washington.
How do sellers in Washington pay closing costs?
Washington closing costs are usually taken right out of your sale profits at closing. The only time you'd have to pay out of pocket is in rare instances where your takeaway won't completely cover closing costs. If you're worried about these, check out our tips on how to save money on closing costs.