Field Guide to Real Estate Transfer Taxes
(Updated October 2016)
Real estate transfer taxes are state and local taxes that are assessed on real property when ownership of the property is transferred between parties. Although proponents say real estate transfer taxes are necessary to help fund state services, opponents view them as an unwarranted tax on home sales. The articles and studies in this Field Guide examine what transfer taxes are and their impacts on the real estate market, and provide resources on current transfer tax laws and initiatives. (H. Hester, Information & Digitization Specialist)
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Transfer Tax Basics
Transfer Taxes, (NAR State Issues Tracker, 2015). – After signing-in, select Transfer Taxes from the menu on the left for information on transfer tax laws in each state.
The fight against transfer taxes, (HouseLogic, Jan. 2015).
Home Transfer and Recording Taxes, (Lawyers.com, 2015).
Real estate transfer taxes, (National Conference of State Legislatures, Sept. 2012). – Table describing the real estate transfer tax and tax rate for each state.
Recent Transfer Tax Initiatives
Transfer: New York: ALJ Rules in Favor of Taxpayer in RETT Matter, (Deloitte, 2016).
Texas Homestead Exemption for School District Property Taxes Amendment, Proposition 1 (2015), (Ballotpedia).
Michigan House Bill 4173: Revise principle residence property tax exemption claim process (2015), (Michigan Votes).
Impacts of Transfer Taxes
Did the Land Transfer Tax Reduce Housing Sales in Toronto, (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 2016).
Transfer Taxes Are Now a Costly Consideration in Real Estate Transactions, (American Property Tax Counsel, 2015).
Mansion tax: The effect of transfer taxes on the residential real estate market, (Columbia University, May 2014).
Potential impacts of increases in real estate transfer taxes, (NAR Research, Aug. 2003).
Books, eBooks & Other Resources
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
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Potential Impacts of Increases in Real Estate Transfer Taxes, (Washington, DC: National Association of REALTORS®, 2003). HJ 4120 N21pi
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