Real Estate Property Transfers

Please note: Any transfers of real property done after January 1st, 2020 are subject to the graduated real estate excise tax rate structure, below, with the exception of land classified as agricultural/timberland. Those are calculated at a flat rate of 1.28%.

A Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) Affidavit must be completed and accompany any legal document transferring ownership of real property. The affidavit will not be accepted by the Treasurer’s office unless all areas 1-7 are fully completed. The affidavit must bear original signatures.

PLEASE NOTE: Payments for excise taxes and recording fees must be made using separate checks. Excise taxes should be paid to the Kittitas County Treasurer. Recording fees should be paid to the Kittitas County Auditor. Both checks should be included with the excise package. Packages with all fees in a single check will be rejected.

Excise affidavits must have a valid, deliverable mailing address. Street addresses for properties in the following cities/towns will cause an excise affidavit to be rejected: Snoqualmie Pass, Roslyn, Ronald, Easton, South Cle Elum, Kittitas and Vantage. All these cities/towns require delivery to a post office box.

Mobile homes require a separate affidavit for change of ownership.

Special Exemptions may require the use of a Supplemental Statement as well.

Graduated REET structure

Sale price thresholds Tax rate
$525,000 or less 1.10%
$525,000.01 – $1,525,000 1.28%
$1,525,000.01 – $3,025,000 2.75%
$3,025,000.01 or more 3%


The following forms can be found on the Washington State Department of Revenue website:

  • Real estate excise tax affidavit for Single location code
  • Real estate excise tax affidavit for Multiple location codes
  • Supplemental statement
  • Mobile home affidavit
  • Tax Rates


Notice: Browsing of files prior to March 2012 is not currently available. Excise affidavits prior to January 2013 may not be available.

The Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) Affidavit search allows you to search our database of REET records and view their associated affidavits. If the search results have an associated file that is ready for viewing, the Excise # will be a link to that document. If the document is not ready for viewing yet, please check back later.