Certain things remain in a house after it’s been sold. There are various reasons why some things are taken when the seller moves and other items aren’t. Your real estate agent should be able to inform you about some or all items that will remain in the house when you take ownership.
Some sellers decide to list their homes as for sale by owner. There are multiple reasons why sellers opt to go this route instead of relying on a realtor to list, advertise and market their property for them. It requires a little extra work, but sellers can still sell their homes in many cases when selling them directly.
There are certain taxes associated with selling a home. The amount and types of taxes can vary according to the type of property, the amount that it was sold for and where the sellers. Home sellers may be able to deduct certain items related to the home sale from their taxes.
An escrow is a common component of many home sales. It’s an agreement in which a third party (usually a title or escrow agent) retains a significant sum of money in an account until a home has been sold. The buyer will deposit money into the escrow account as a sign of good faith and to signify their intent in owning the home.
Buying a home in California can be expensive. You need to have enough money saved for a down payment, as well as future mortgage and utility payments. Closings costs, earnest money and other expenses may also be required for the transaction.
One thing that many sellers are concerned about is the money made from the sale of a home. It’s nice to have a fair amount of money that can be put towards the purchase of another home, a retirement property or other big-ticket items. However, the transaction may be subject to state or federal taxes.