The Costs of Selling Real Estate in New Jersey

When looking to sell your house in New Jersey make sure you are aware of the costs associated with the sale.  Here is a

May 4, 2021

When looking to sell your house in New Jersey make sure you are aware of the costs associated with the sale.  Here is a summary of the key costs you need to be aware of.  

What are the legal and/or conveyancing costs? 

In law, conveyancing is the transfer of a legal title of real property from one person to another or the granting of an encumbrance such as a mortgage or a lien. A typical conveyancing transaction has two major phases: the exchange of contracts (when equitable interests are created) and completion (also called a settlement, when legal title passes and equitable rights merge with the legal title).

In most states, you are not able to sell your house unless you have a contract of sale prepared.  Engaging a lawyer or conveyancer to ensure your real estate contract is drawn up with accuracy is an important first step and, in some states, an essential item before you are able to even list your property for sale.

Legal and conveyancing costs vary depending on the complexity of your property, however budget for approx: $1500-$3000.

How much does the professional photography of your property cost?

Great marketing is all about using maximum exposure to capture people’s attention and interest in a property.  In most cases the first thing a buyer will see is an image of the listing, therefore the best way to grab someone’s attention is to use a professional photographer who is focused on capturing the best features of a property.  With 70% of buyers likely to see your property online, making sure you have high-quality, accurate images of the property will help your property stand out from the crowd.

Another way to make your property stand out is to also produce property videos that are great for sharing on social media

Photography – this can vary dramatically depending on your requirements, whether you want a twilight photo, drone photo or have other requirements.  It is best to talk to your agent about the costs involved here.

Videos start at approx. $300 and go up to $3000 depending on what you are looking for.

How much does it cost to market your property?

Marketing is a separate cost paid for by the seller on top of the commission that the agent receives when the property sells. 

These funds are kept in a trust account and used to pay for marketing material such as signage, newspaper advertising, internet advertising, brochure printing and auction marketing.  A typical marketing budget is approximately 1% of the asking price. For example, on a $600,000 property, you should expect to spend $6,000 on marketing.  This could be paid upfront or out of the settlement monies depending on the agreement made with the vendor.  

Marketing is normally payable even if the agent does not successfully sell the property. 

Budget for 1% of your asking price

How much will your agent’s commission set you back?

Agent commission is a percentage that is calculated on the sale price and is paid to the agent at the time of settlement.  You don’t need to factor this expense in upfront as the agent’s commission is only paid if your property sells.

How much will property styling cost?

Styling your home to sell is an important element to a successful sale.  Home styling can mean: decluttering, cleaning and de-personalizing the home, rearranging the existing furnishings and accessories through to employing a professional home stylist who will remove the majority of the existing belongings and refurnish / decorate the space with hired items.  

Property styling your home will boost the final sales price from 7.5% to 12.5%.  With 87% surveyed agents believing you will earn a higher price by property styling.  

Depending on what you want to get done, budget for $500 – $1000’s.

What moving costs should you expect to pay?

Depending on how much you have to move you may decide to organise the move yourself, hire a van and get a few friends to help you – this is the cheapest option and will cost approximately $100 to hire a van and $100 for beers and pizza for your mates.

If you decided to use the services of a professional moving company it is recommended you get a quote from 2-3 different providers for the services you’re seeking.  You’ll also need to decide which type of service you want. This might be a full pack, removal and unpack at your new home, or removal only. Most removalists offer insurance on top of their services, and this can be a useful tool to protect your contents from accidental loss or damage.

Budget range $500-$3000
If all this sounds too expensive or just a lot of trouble then there is another way. Reach out to Quick N easy Offers if you want to sell your house in New Jersey.

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