Having just finished another hectic cramming to get closings done for the end of the month made me pause to reflect on the scheduling of closings. Like with everyone else, when you have double the amount of closings on a particular day than average, everything is last second and everyone is calling everyone asking where is my HUD1, are we going to make it?
As the lender, I try to accommodate the closing time that is stated on the Purchase agreement as much as possible. Yesterday got me to asking myself, why does it seem that the majority of the closing dates on purchase agreements are for Fridays or the last day of the month?
I wondered if this was just my assumption or was truly the case, so I looked at the last couple of months of our companies closing calendar. I would consider my company a mid-sized lender who closes approximately 150-180 loans a month. those breakdown to a average of 5-8 closings per day on a typical Monday-Thursday work day and amazingly 20-30 closings on Fridays and the last day of the month. Katie bar the the door if the month ends on a Friday!!!
I'm guessing that is pretty universally done like this everywhere. Realtors are writing a purchase offer on say the 20th, 23rd,26th and they just figure "We'll ask until the end of next month to close". OR "We'll give them 4,5,6 six weeks to close"," so Friday the *?*?* it is"..
Just some food for thought & a tip for making the last days less hectic: Wednesday closings on the (say) 6th day of the month are so easy and relaxed for everyone. Closings on (maybe) Tuesday the 16th are a breeze!!!