The definition of acquisition cost in real estate is the total cost recorded by a company or individual pertinent to the purchasing of a property. This is the entire amount written down in the books and on tax records, and can be claimed when filing corporate taxes. Acquisition cost differs from gross sales price in that the costs calculated to determine the former come out of the buyer’s end, rather than the seller.
This cost includes the cost of the property, cost of appraisal fees, attorney's fee, commission, credit report, hazard insurance, document preparation fee. Also included are the loan application fee, mortgage insurance application fee, mortgage insurance premium, mortgage taxes, pest inspection, property survey, tax stamps and title insurance.
A relatively new arrival in the local construction market, Regal Construction Co. is growing by leaps and bounds due to a combination of efficient management, innovative construction techniques and skilled laborers. Considering their rapid growth as a company, the firm decides to relocate to a new head office, to be constructed on an undeveloped parcel closer to the regional center of industry.
In searching for a suitable listing, the company must take into consideration all of the factors that contribute to each individual listing’s acquisition cost. Depending on its location, the property may have a higher appraisal cost. If additional capital is required, loan application fees will have to be taken into account.
Furthermore, additional costs may be incurred depending on the specific environment of the tract in question. If the area is infested with insect, reptile or rodent pests, extermination fees will also need to be assessed. Property surveys may be necessary as well, to uncover potential difficulties in construction that may present themselves.
When all the costs immediately relevant to the purchase of the property have been totaled, Regal Construction Co. will have determined the acquisition cost of the property in question.