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How are the closing costs for a home determined (for sellers)?

In today’s post, we’ll discuss a topic that is of particular interest to home sellers: closing costs. Closing costs can be a significant expense when selling your home, and understanding how they are determined can help you make informed decisions throughout the process. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the factors that influence closing costs for sellers in Alaska.

Agent Commissions:

One of the most significant closing costs for home sellers is the real estate agent commission. In Alaska, commission rates can vary between 4% and 7% of the final sale price, depending on the specific agreement between the seller and the agent. Typically, this commission is split between the seller’s and buyer’s agents. It’s important to keep in mind that commission rates are negotiable, so don’t hesitate to discuss this with your agent.

Title Insurance and Escrow Fees:

Title insurance protects the buyer and lender from any potential issues with the property’s title. In Alaska, it’s customary for the seller to cover the cost of the owner’s title insurance policy. This cost is usually around 0.5% to 1% of the home’s sale price. In addition, escrow fees, which are charged by the escrow company for handling the closing process, are also typically paid by the seller. Escrow fees can vary but usually range from $500 to $1,000.

Property Taxes and Utility Prorations:

Sellers are responsible for paying their share of property taxes up until the date of closing. In Alaska, property taxes are usually paid on a semi-annual or annual basis. The seller will need to prorate their portion of the taxes, which will be credited to the buyer at closing. Utility prorations, such as water, sewer, or electricity, may also need to be addressed during closing, depending on the specifics of the transaction.

Miscellaneous Fees:

There are various smaller fees associated with selling a home in Alaska. These can include recording fees, courier fees, and attorney fees, among others. It’s essential to review the settlement statement provided by the escrow company to ensure that all fees are accounted for and to be aware of any additional costs you may be responsible for as a seller.


Understanding closing costs is an essential part of navigating the home selling process in Alaska. By knowing which expenses to expect and how they are determined, you can better prepare for the financial aspect of selling your home. Be sure to consult with your real estate agent and other professionals involved in the transaction to ensure a smooth and successful closing.

Happy selling, and until next time, stay informed and confident in your Alaska real estate journey!

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