We use cookies in order to save your preferences so we can provide a feature-rich, personalized website experience. We also use functionality from third-party vendors who may add additional cookies of their own (e.g. Analytics, Maps, Chat, etc). Read more about cookies in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. If you do not accept our use of Cookies, please do not use the website.

Header Image

3 Hidden Fees When Selling Real Estate in Pacifica

October 08 2018
October 08 2018

Over the past few years, owners of residential real estate in Pacifica have been selling their properties for record-high prices. These escalating property values have been featured in countless news articles in recent years, and might have you wondering what your property is worth.  Understanding the value of your home is important because it will help you make a well-informed decision about selling. This is likely the biggest investment of your life, and you’ll want to be sure you’re making smart decisions.


It’s true that sale prices in Pacifica are very high, but they do also come with some expenses that might be totally unexpected. A few of these can be pretty steep. In order to sell your home with as few surprises as possible, you’ll want to be well-informed about the standard seller’s expenses in the city.  Aside from the usual fees, such as broker fees, inspection costs, staging, etc., you’ll want to be prepared for these three major expenses when selling your property in Pacifica.


Sewer Lateral Compliance Certificate – Customarily Paid by Seller

In the city of Pacifica a sewer lateral compliance certificate is required when selling a residential property. The sewer lateral the waste pipe underground connecting the house to the public sewer system. Over the years many of these pipes have developed cracks or intrusions and the pipes are no longer functioning correctly. It’s required when selling a property in Pacifica that a video test of the line is done. A video camera is put inside the pipe to look for cracks or holes in the pipe, then the video is sent to the city for review. If the city representative determines that the pipe fails the video test, they may require that the pipe be repaired. Depending on the slope of the home from the street (whether or not the house sits above or below the street can make a big difference in the cost to replace the pipe) this sewer lateral replacement can cost anywhere between $5k-$15k (and in rare cases, it can be more).


*Hidden Cost: $5-$15K

This is an expensive cost! Some plumbers are willing to be paid out of escrow in the event that the Seller doesn’t want to, or can’t afford to make this payment in cash.


County Transfer Tax – Customarily Paid by Seller

When selling a property in San Mateo county, a transfer tax is customarily paid by Seller. This transfer tax is $1.10 per $1,000 of sales price.


*Hidden Cost: A $1,500,000 sale would result in a transfer tax of $1,650.


Miscellaneous Title Fees

Title companies are responsible for closing the transaction. When the title documents are completed, all owners or their Power of Attorneys must sign the closing documents to facilitate the sale. These documents must be notarized.  A notary typically charges around $150 per signing.


Quick Tip – Don’t sign individually, be sure that all Sellers are together when the notary comes to avoid a double or triple charge.


*Hidden Cost: $150 Notary Fee


Title Companies may also have to have courier send the documents back to the title company and/or the buyer’s lender.  This also carries a fee.


*Hidden Cost: $40-$60


Depending on how the Seller wants their proceeds from the sale, a wire fee may be charged as well. If you pick up a cashier’s check rather than accept a wire, you can avoid about a $25 fee.  This fee can double or triple if multiple wires are sent for the Seller’s proceeds.


*Hidden Cost: Miscellaneous Title Fees - $200-$300


*The above list is not meant to be a complete or exhaustive list of all costs paid by Seller to sell a home in Pacifica.  Many other costs exist (broker fees, inspections, staging, etc.), but we find the above costs to be the most surprising to our sellers.  For a complete list of costs to the seller, please call us and we can provide a detailed outline of all anticipated seller’s costs.


It's important to remember that virtually every cost in real estate is negotiable, but in Pacifica and in San Mateo County, the above costs are all typically paid by the seller.


If you would like to see an honest, confidential, and comprehensive market analysis of your home, don’t hesitate to call or email us today!  We would love to put our experience to work for you.


Leave a Comment

Email Help Tip
Characters Remaining: 5000


Kai Connely

January 10, 2019 6:23 AM

The real estate is everyone's most favorite topic and many of us want to know everything about it. This article is a great information and services have solved my so many issues and it's one of the most wonderful things. I have wrote about my favorite topic and that will help everyone in a lot of things.


December 11, 2018

Selling Real Estate Through Probate in California

Selling Real Estate Through Probate in California
A death in the family is hard enough on its own, but add the process of probate to the mix and you have a heartache and a headache all wrapped into one. So what is required in the State of ...
December 11, 2018

Three Hidden Costs of Selling Your San Mateo Property

Three Hidden Costs of Selling Your San Mateo Property
Selling your San Mateo home?  These 3 hidden costs may surprise you…   Over the past few years, owners of residential real estate in San Mateo have been selling their properties for record-high ...
November 11, 2018

Three Pitfalls When Reviewing Disclosures

Three Pitfalls When Reviewing Disclosures
The homeownership path typically looks something like this..... Buyer starts searching for homes. Buyer identifies a home that they love. Buyer writes an offer to purchase a home. There is ...
November 11, 2018

Contingencies, and How They Affect You...

Contingencies, and How They Affect You...
  You've found the perfect house that could be your home! You've also reviewed the seller's disclosures, and determined an offer price. Now it's time to get familiar with the contingencies that ...
October , 2018

San Mateo Toy, Coat, and Gift Drive!

San Mateo Toy, Coat, and Gift Drive!
  During this holiday season, many of our neighbors are not enjoying the prosperity of our flourishing local economy. This year we are helping San Mateo's Samaritan House in their ...

2018 Archives

Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec