To some, it can be an overwhelming process. At Black Diamond Realty, we educate our clients about what to expect while working diligently to prevent “deal potholes,” such as transactional surprises. When selling your commercial property, it is important to be prepared for the process and informed about the fees associated with the deal.
Selling a parcel for $1,000 does not mean you get to deposit $1,000 into your bank account. Below is a list of some of the standard commercial real estate transaction fees you can expect in West Virginia (other states have additional nuances – for example, PA has school taxes that run on a 7/1 – 6/30 basis) with a notation indicating which party is typically responsible. A common saying in commercial real estate also applies to this list…everything is negotiable.
Generally speaking, all due diligence expenses are the buyer’s responsibility. On the seller side, transfer taxes/stamps and the real estate brokerage commission are the primary line items in closing a commercial transaction. According to National Conference of State Legislators, “Real estate transfer taxes (stamps) are taxes imposed by states, counties and municipalities on the transfer of the title of real property within the jurisdiction.” Each state has varying regulations which affects the responsible party. In addition, the rate can vary from county to county within any given state. In WV, the transfer tax is the seller’s responsibility. The rate is $1.65/$500 ($1.10 state, $0.55 county). A county may levy an optional excise tax up to $1.65. On the brokerage side, you get what you pay for. Black Diamond Realty adds value via presentation, process (aggressive/teamwork approach), and our people (knowledge, skills, abilities). Black Diamond’s clients are happy to pay the transactional fee. Brokerage commission rates can be fairly standard but some percentage adjustment can be expected based upon the value and scope of the project.