27 Apr '13, 6pm

Ready to buy a $15 million home? See transaction costs, taxes in NYC, Hong Kong, Singapore, London:

What does it cost to buy, sell and live in four of the world’s prime real estate capitals? Candace Jackson joins Lunch Break with a look. Photo: Corcoran. New York may be home to some of the world's priciest real estate, but when it comes to upfront costs, it can be a bargain for buyers—at least compared with Hong Kong, Singapore and London. An overseas buyer of a Hong Kong home priced at about $15.26 million can expect to pay nearly 25% of the purchase price in fees and taxes, or about $3.75 million. In New York, by contrast, a similarly priced apartment will cost a buyer $217,980 in fees and taxes. But there's a trade-off: New Yorkers are typically hit by far higher property taxes during the years they occupy the home—and they'll pay another hefty sum when it comes time to sell. View Graphics A new report to be released Friday by real-estate brokerage Savills, Deutsche B...

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