California Property Transfer Tax What is property transfer tax in California? While in Canada the buyer usually pays this tax, in California, it’s the opposite! However, if you want to make your offer stand out, it doesn’t hurt to put paying the transfer tax on the table. Because of California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act, counties and cities can collect tax on documents transferring real estate. So, taxable transactions include: Transfer of fee Right to purchase or agreement for sale Lease or lease modification agreements Life estate Foreclosure Exceptions to this tax act include “writings to secure debt” such as mortgages, deeds of trust, reverse mortgages, and even installment sale contracts. Ask one of our experts to see if you qualify for exemptions or refunds The amount that California property transfer tax is often calculated by is $1.10 per $1,000 of property value. This amount could be more, however, if the property is located in a charter city. Get the lowest rate, plus additional benefits like no origination or processing fees. Find the lender that best suits your needs, from local lenders to major banks.Instead of just shopping at one bank, compare over 30 different lenders to choose one that best suits your needs.Available on Apple iOS and Android. Simply download our mobile app to start.All information submitted is secure, encrypted and only viewable to those you give permission to.Apply with the help of a team member or our digital assistant. We make it fast and easy to apply!