A net sheet is a simple tool that allows a seller to better understand the costs required to sell the property and shows approximately what the amount of the proceeds will be after all costs have been considered.
For most sellers, their main concern is the amount of money they take away at the end of a real estate transaction. This often is a deciding factor on whether the Seller wants to or is able to sell the home. A net sheet is a simple tool that allows a seller to better understand the costs required to sell the property and shows approximately what the amount of the proceeds will be after all costs have been considered. Required costs include paying any existing mortgages/loans secured by the property, Realtor commissions and administrative fees, Owners Title Policy, real estate taxes, HOA(s), closing fees, utilities and other miscellaneous fees. Fees not required to sell the home except as indicated by an accepted contract include buyer closing costs paid by seller, home warranty, and repairs, to name a few.
When Should I Do a Net Sheet?
The listing appointment with a potential seller is the opportune time to impress them with an immediate estimate of their closing costs and estimated net proceeds along with your knowledge of the industry and marketing expertise. It is also helpful for assisting with the decision to accept or counter an offer from a potential buyer.
How do I get started?
The best way to start is to order an O&E on the property. You may do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 303-850-4190. This will give you a snapshot of who owns the property and for how long, and also the liens that are of record against the property, how much the original liens were and when they were recorded. Based on this information, you will also be able to determine if the sellers are qualified for a reissue rate on title insurance.
How do I prepare the Seller(s) for the appointment so that I have the information I need to prepare the net sheet?
Ask the Sellers to have the following information handy for your upcoming appointment:
- Last mortgage statement(s)
- Statements or coupons for any and all HOA dues
- Last billing statements for water, sewer, and/or wastewater as applicable
Ask the Sellers to consider the following before your meeting:
- Are they willing to consider any concessions to the buyer?
- Will they offer and pay for a Home Warranty for the buyer?
Preparing Net Sheet
When utilizing a net sheet calculator such as the one available on Land Title’s website (http://www.ltgc.com/rates/calc), the following information is needed to provide the Seller a best estimate of costs and net proceeds:
- Estimated purchase price as determined by you and the Seller.
- Who will pay for Owners Title Policy? (Traditionally paid by Seller)
- Who will pay for Title Closing Fee? (Traditionally split between Buyer and Seller)
- Who will pay for OEC (Owners Extended Coverage)? ($65 additional and traditionally
paid by Seller)
- Has the property had title insurance issued in the last five years? The property may
qualify for a discounted rate on the above title policy fees.
- Estimated closing date based on the average DOM (days on market) and an
additional 30 to 45 days to close the deal.
- Will the Seller offer a home warranty? What is the cost?
- Agent commissions and administrative fees, or a Transaction Coordinator fee.
- Are water, sewer, and/or wastewater paid by the owner? A minimum $500 escrow
will be required for final bills as required by the title company.
- If your Seller needs Land Title to order HOA CIC documents, the charge is $150 for
one HOA and $250 for two HOAs.
- Estimate $350 for each HOA transfer fee.
- What are the total monthly HOA dues considering all sub and master associations?
- Amount of previous year’s real estate taxes.
- Status of previous years taxes – Amount due or Paid in full.
- Amount of any past taxes due.
- Principal balance of existing loan(s)/mortgages secured by the property including
the home equity line of credit (HELOC’s).
a. You will want to consider that interest on a traditional mortgage is paid one
month in arrears and interest for the current month of closing will be due and
added to the payoff quote from the bank. Suggested to add one full month
of interest and $75 to cover fax/statement fees along with the principal balance
b. If any loan/mortgage is a Home Equity Line of Credit, confirm any recent draws or
large payments and adjust estimates entered accordingly.
- Will the seller offer any concessions?
- Are there any outstanding utility liens, tax liens, county liens, and/or seller
judgments, etc. that will have to be paid at closing?
Net Sheets can be prepared via www. ltgc.com. The net sheets can be emailed directly
to clients or any other recipients immediately after input.
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