Posted by Diane (TX) on July 15, 2003 at 20:43:32:
You could contact your local tax assessor and calculate the pro-rated tax due based on your sales price. That should be a pretty solid (maybe high)number. Request that the seller pay this amount at closing, and insert a clause that YOU will true up the amount after final taxes have been assessed. If the sellers have a problem with this approach, at least it’s a starting point for negotiation.
Yes, you could have the clause your realtor suggests, but if they don’t pay, you’d have to sue. It could get messy with being in another state and probably wouldn’t be worth it.