Real estate transfer tax
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In Europe, rates between 2% and 4% are a general rate.
Some U.S. states have a variety of transfer tax laws which may include specific exemptions for certain types of buyers based on buying status or income level. For example, Maryland exempts certain "first time buyers" from a percentage of the total  or excludes a portion of the property's sales price from taxation altogether.
Another variation which exists is either the legal requirement to split the taxes between the parties or the local custom to do so. Thus, in Washington, DC, the 2.2% is generally split between the seller and the buyer.
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