Delaware Property Transfer Tax Exemption - (Kent and Sussex Counties)

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Delaware Property Transfer Tax Exemption - (Kent and Sussex Counties)

ATTENTION: Delaware First Time Home Buyers

Many Delaware municipalities and counties have enacted the 1½ percent tax, so generally the Delaware property transfer tax is a total of 3% (1½ percent to the State and 1½ percent to the county or municipality). This amount is split between the buyer and seller of real estate, unless the parties agree otherwise.

The State offers NO Property Transfer Tax Exemption; however, if you are a first time home buyer (FTHB) - have never previously owned property anywhere, you may qualify for an exemption of .75% of Kent or Sussex County transfer fee and recording fee for the deed and mortgage, which normally is 1.5% of the purchase price.

"First-time home buyer" means a natural person who, individually or as a co-tenant, has at no time held any interest in residential real estate, wherever located and which has been occupied as their principal residence, and who intends to occupy the property being conveyed as his or her principal residence within 90 days following recordation.

Additional Information:

City of Dover

Kent County

Sussex County

Additional Resources:

Information in this post is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This post is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal, tax or other professional assistance.


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Tom Schoenbeck
Keller Williams Realty at the Beach - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Hi Letitia,  Good post. Was wondering if anyone else from Delaware ever posted in here! Nice to See ya and Happy Holidays!

Dec 03, 2009 07:29 PM #1
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Delaware Valley Real Estate, Lic'd in DE, PA & MD

Hi Tom, Thanks! Great to Meet You!! Happy Holidays and Much Success to You!!!

Dec 03, 2009 08:00 PM #2
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