Closing Costs Confusion: Who Pays for What?

By Adam R. Seligman

Every buyer and seller understands what a purchase price and closing date are, but oftentimes, they are not sure which party pays the closing costs associated with the closing.

Who Pays for What?

In the most recent iteration of the commonly used residential form contract in Florida, also known as the “FR/Bar,” paragraph 9 lists out which default costs are the responsibility of the parties (unless negotiated otherwise).

For example, the party who pays for title insurance is often negotiable, and custom is often what dictates who pays for what. In Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the custom is that the buyer pays for the title insurance, while in most other counties throughout Florida, the seller does. Continue reading