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Real Estate Expenses That Everyone Needs to Plan For

Selling, buying, investing – no matter what you’re doing, you need to make sure you’re aware of the expenses that come along with real estate. Some are more common than you might think. Here are some of the most standard fees that you should be aware of.


Per the usual, not very much can get done without allowing the government to take a piece. Whether you agree with it or not, you need to be aware of the required tax. Most major sales have some form of sales tax imposed on them. This is especially true for expensive assets like cars or houses.

Even when they’re sold from one private party to another, there is going to be a sales tax. Make sure to do plenty of research before your transaction goes through so you know what percentage of the sale will be taken by the state or federal government.


On one hand, you might have some fees you need to pay if you want professional help with preparing your home. That can come in the form of professional cleaners, photographers, renovators, handymen, and more. While all do charge some kind of fee, you might consider the one-time payment worth it in order to get your home ready with minimal personal effort.

Commissions are a bit different. Instead of a one-time payment, the hire takes a percentage of the final price of the transaction. Agents usually do this. Keep in mind that when you sell your home to a cash buyer, you don’t have to pay commissions to a real estate agent.


The house will need to be prepped thoroughly in most cases. The exception might be if you are selling to a cash buyer, in which case you do not need to repair or clean much of anything. But in most other situations, you will want to repair or renovate parts of the home in order to raise the value and appeal of the property. The costs are twofold: you have to think about both materials and labor. If the repairs are something you can take care of, then you should give it your best shot. If it’s a little bit more advanced, consider hiring a professional.

Real estate can be highly profitable. As far as assets go, they are extremely valuable. Inevitably, this means that others – real estate agents, the government, banks, and more – are going to ask for many small payments. Educate yourself and be prepared to pay what you have to.

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