What Happens at Closing?

Reblogger Chuck Carstensen
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Results 20344949

More good information for buyers and sellers who wonder what happens at closing!  Again I am reblogging this as it lays out the details of closing day!



Original content by Michael L. Brownstead 0611278

What Happens at Closing

Closing day is the day the homebuyer and the seller complete the legal transfer of the house. Once the closing process has been completed, the keys to the house are given to the buyer.

Each party (person) to the contract will normally present two forms of ID, one of which being a driver’s license.

Present Proof Homeowner's Insurance Receipt - The buyer gives the lender a receipt to prove that homeowner's insurance has been obtained for the property.

Review HUD-1 Settlement Statement - The closing agent will review the HUD-1 settlement statement with the buyer and seller to verify that the agreed upon dollar amounts have been entered and, if so, have the buyer and seller sign the form.

Present Closing Costs Check - The buyer gives a cashier’s check (if money is not wired) to closing agent. This amount is usually determined 2-5 days prior to closing and it is made out to the title company.

Review All Other Documents - The closing agent will have the buyer and seller review and, if correct, sign all remaining documents that are part of the closing process.

Establish an Escrow Account - The closing agent will establish an escrow account for the buyer to cover property tax, homeowner's insurance, interim interest, and possibly private mortgage insurance.

Execute Mortgage Documents - The buyer reviews and signs all of the documents required by the lender, the most important of which are the note and security instrument (either a mortgage or a deed of trust). Deed of Trust is used on Texas.

Present Mortgage Check - The lender gives the closing agent a check to cover the mortgage amount.

Receive Title to the Property - A warranty deed is given to the buyer, signed by the seller. Or it may be given to the lender of financing is involved.

Receive Keys to the Property - At the conclusion of the closing process the buyer will receive the keys to the home. It is common practice to replace all the locks on the home to prevent anyone with duplicate keys from entering the home. The seller might also provide the buyer with documents such as instructions and warranties for appliances and other major components that are part of the home. Note: if your lender has not funded the loan, you will not receive the keys, it is your responsibility to work with your lender to make sure the loan is funded on time!

Record Legal Documents - The recording process is the final step in the closing process. The escrow/closing company, attorney, or title company that handles your transaction will complete the recording. The process officially records certain documents such as the warranty deed and the security instrument.

By the way, I will be there with you every step of the way, Before, During and After the transaction!


Your Move Matters!
Michael L. Brownstead
Ebby Halliday Realtors®

8920 Coit Rd., Ste. 100
Plano, TX 75025
E-mail: MichaelBrownstead@Ebby.com





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Michael L. Brownstead
Keller Williams Realty - Allen, TX
ABR, GRI, MRP, SRS, 1SG US Army (Ret.)

Chuck, thanks for re-posting.



Sep 14, 2011 01:56 AM #1
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

Nice job Michael and thanks for reposting Chuck since I haven't yet started to follow Michael.  I think the closing routines change from state to state, but the work to be done is the same and this is good information for all.

Sep 14, 2011 02:58 AM #2
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