It’s Closing time!
Generally, the parties make every effort to close at a location close to the property being purchased. If your schedule requires that we close in a location away from the property please let us know as soon as possible. A closing confirmation email showing the date, time, and location will be sent out prior to closing. The closing will not be set until the Buyer’s lender issues a clear to close (CTC) loan approval.
Once the closing is scheduled, we recommend calling to confirm your movers one last time. Make sure they have the proper sized crew and truck to efficiently complete the move. If you are moving out of a condo and are not on the first floor, let them know, especially if your building doesn’t have an elevator. Most closings take approximately 2 hours but can take longer. While moving on the same day of closing is not recommended, if you are moving on the day of closing please be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the closing before you need to meet your movers.
A few important reminders for closing
Bring your photo ID with you (ideally a driver’s license or passport)
Bring your checkbook (just in case)
Bring copies of your earnest money receipts and wire transfer receipt for the deposit and closing costs
Closing takes approximately 2 hours, however, it can be as short as 1.5 hours or up to 4.5 hours if there are problems. On average, expect to be finished in 2 – 2.5 hours. At closing, in addition to you, there will usually be the following people present:
The Escrow officer
The escrow officer makes sure everything is signed properly, sends all of the signed documents to the underwriter for one last review.
The sellers are usually not present at closing as they have pre-signed all of the documents. Before you go to closing, call the escrow company to verify the address. If you’re driving, also ask if the escrow company validates parking in a particular parking garage to save yourself some money. Don’t be surprised if closing starts late.
A note about spouses who are not on the mortgage loan
Even if your spouse is not on the loan, most of the time your spouse must sign the mortgage to waive homestead rights (providing certain protections from creditors). Talk to your lender if you are divorced or getting divorced. You may need to bring additional documentation, such as a divorce decree. Even if your spouse is not on the deed, for a home, your spouse usually must sign the deed to release homestead rights (providing certain protections from creditors).
Extra Things to Know
During closing make sure you understand how and when the taxes get paid. Escrow should review this information with you in detail at the closing, but if not, be sure to ask.
You’ll also receive a copy of the Closing Disclosure. Hold on to this! You’ll need it next year when you prepare your taxes.
When is Closing?
Official closing usually happens within 24 hours of signing. Once we have been released and have recording numbers we will meet with you and get you the keys to your new home!!