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In some cities, the cost of selling a home can hit $76,000

Selling a home isn’t a one-way ticket to making a profit — rather, it can come with fairly hefty costs depending on where you live.

Home owners across the U.S. may need to spend nearly $21,000 to sell a median-priced home this year, according to a new report from real-estate firm Zillow ZG, -1.19% and services marketplace Thumbtack. That’s up from roughly $15,000 two years ago.

The bulk of this amount — more than $14,000 — are closing costs, including real-estate agent commissions and state transfer taxes. For the report, Zillow assumed a 6% fee, based on the home’s sales prices, for the agent commissions.

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