Buyer closing costsin NYC are lower for co-ops than condos because co-ops are not considered to be ‘real property.’ Condos have two additional buyer closing costs as a result of being considered real property (like houses and land). These additional closing costs are the NYC & NYS Mortgage Recording Tax as well as Title Insurance.
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Mortgage Recording Tax
The NYC & NYS Mortgage Recording Tax of 2.05% to 2.175% is the largest closing cost for condo buyers in NYC. Buyers of co-ops in NYC do not have to pay the mortgage recording tax because the tax is imposed on ‘real property’ and co-ops are not ‘real property.’
Title insurance is required if you are purchasing a condo and taking out a mortgage. Title insurance is a one-time fee of approximately 0.4% to 0.5% of the purchase price paid by the buyer at closing. Title insurance protects against principal loss and attorney fees in the event someone makes a claim against a condo’s title in the future.
Buyer closing costs for condos in NYC are approximately 2.5% to 3% higher than for comparable co-op apartments due to the mortgage recording tax and title insurance.
As a seller in NYC, closing costs are actually lower for condos compared to condos. This is because most co-op buildings charge sellers an additional closing fee called a ‘flip tax.’
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