In Real Estate, each region is different. Just within California, who pays what changes by county and in a few cases some cities may have slightly different rules.
There is a table showing who pays way in the counties we cover in and around the Sacramento area (last updated in 2017):
|County||Escrow Charges/Fees||Title Fees (Owner’s Policy)||County Transfer Tax|
(1) In Yolo County, the Buyer pays escrow and title fees in Davis.
(2) In Yolo County, Woodland charges an additional $1.10/$500.