Calculating Net Proceeds
In considering an offer, your sales professional will give you an estimate of net proceeds showing how much cash you’ll receive at settlement. An offer that looks good on its face may have hidden costs. For example, when you’re presented with two offers at once, you may discover you’re better off accepting the one with the lower sale price, if the other asks you to pay points to the buyer’s lending institution.
Some Expenses To Anticipate:
- Payoff amount on present mortgage
- Legal costs of selling (attorney, escrow agent)
- Any other liens (equity loan, judgments)
- Transfer taxes
- Broker’s commission
- Unpaid property taxes and water bills
- If required by the contract: cost of survey, termite inspection, buyer’s closing costs, repairs, etc.
- Your present mortgage lender may maintain an escrow account into which you deposit money to be used for property tax bills and homeowner’s insurance premiums. In that case, remember that you will receive a refund of money left in that account, which will add to your proceeds.
Note: Please see our Selling section for more in-depth information about selling your home.