Whether you are buying or selling a house in California, you may realize from having read Nolo's products that a number of admininstrative costs as well as transfer taxes can require paying significant sums in order to complete the process.
Transfer taxes, in particular, can be pricey -- the county tax alone is $1.10 per $1,000 of sale price in almost all California counties, and always paid by the home seller. That's $528 on a California home at the current median price of $480,000. And then there city taxes to contend with, which can be even higher, and are often split between the buyer and the seller.
If you'd like to plan ahead for these fees, and look at who traditionally pays them in your area, Chicago Title has come up with a useful summary, on its "California Documentary and Property Transfer Tax Rates" page. Your real estate agent can also help you with this information.