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Question:

Mr. Black purchased a home for $650,000. The terms of the sale stated Mr. Black will make a down payment of $200,000 and assume an existing first trust deed for the balance of the purchase price. At a basic rate of $0.55 per $500, how much will the transfer tax be?

A $220.00
Explaination

Transfer taxes are charges against new money only. Since the transaction included the assumption of a $450,000 existing mortgage, the only tax charged is against the $200,000 down payment. The transfer tax rate in the county where the property is located is $0.55 per $500, which equals $1.10 per $1,000. Multiply $1.10 by 200, totaling $220 in transfer taxes paid on the sale.