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I am about the buy a condo. Can I pay some of the sellers realtor

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I am about the buy a condo. Can I pay some of the sellers realtor commissions and deduct it from my tax

Stephen G :

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Stephen G :

Unfortunately, no. Real estate commissions paid by the seller may be deducted from the sales profit, but any real estate commissions paid by the buyer must be added to the cost of the property. That would increase your depreciation deductions if it is rental property or decrease your gain when you sell the property.

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Customer:

It is a primary residence. So if I understand correctly, I can't deduct anything if I decide to share the realtor commissions with the seller?

Stephen G :

That is correct.

Customer:

ok. thanks

Stephen G :

OK

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Customer:

is there any cost or fees other than points that I could claim?

Stephen G :

Only your portion of the real estate taxes and if you are financing your mortgagee will send you a 1098 at the end of the year indicating how much your interest deduction is. If you are paying any financing points, those may be deducted also.

Customer:

ok. Thanks Steve!

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