One of the best parts of my job!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist 2003008108

One of the best parts of my job!

Today I get to give the keys to my buyer. I absolutely love giving buyers access to their new homes - their dreams and plans have a concrete beginning.

Northeast Ohio Keys

In northeast Ohio, we don't usually give the keys to a buyer at the closing table. There can be a one day delay to a 30 day delay, depending on the circumstances and the local customs. It isn't easy for buyers to wait, although they may be compensated for the delay in some way, either in a per diem, also known as a rent back, or through closing cost assistance or a price adjustment.

Today's buyer has patiently been waiting 30 days, and he is thrilled that the wait is over. Moving truck will be there tomorrow, today is the day to celebrate, take another look at the great house and mondo garage and land he has purchased, and make plans for the future.

Makes for an exciting day for everyone.

Yes, one of the best parts of being a REALTOR® is the day I give the keys to my client.

I love being a real estate agent. Truly, one of the best parts of my job!

Posted by

Dawn Maloney, REALTOR®,  Luxury Home Marketing  RE/MAX Haven Realty

Direct:  (330) 990-4236         Email:

Helping home buyers and sellers in Summit, Portage, Stark, Medina, Wayne, Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties since 2003.

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Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Here you get the keys at the closing table in most instances. 30 Day wait would be tough.

Aug 25, 2013 04:32 AM #20
Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX

I love the feeling of fulfilling my clients' goals.  It makes my heart melt.  Despite the ups and downs during the closing process, it feels good to know that your clients are 100% happy at the end. Congrats on the closing!

Aug 25, 2013 06:13 AM #21
Kelly Taylor
Keller Williams - Lakewood Ranch, FL

Also one of my favorite things. I love to take pictures or videos too!

Aug 25, 2013 09:10 AM #22
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

In Virginia unless there is a rent back keys are handed over at the closing table. Lots of happy buyers!

Aug 25, 2013 09:42 AM #23
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Dawn, that's a long wait. We hand over the keys at closing. Interesting that it's done so differently from state to state.

Aug 25, 2013 09:54 AM #24
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\ - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

We get to do it AT the Closing Table. Man, a 30 day wait....yechhh.

Aug 25, 2013 10:35 AM #25
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I love giving the keys to buyers.  In almost all cases, the keys are passed to the buyer at closing.

Aug 25, 2013 12:11 PM #26
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's one of the favorite parts of my job too, Dawn!  Especially if the keys are given to first time homebuyers.  It's almost magical!

Aug 25, 2013 12:37 PM #27
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Dawn. It's different in Florida. Buyers usually take possession of the key(s) at the closing table. Congratulations to you and the buyers you were working with. 

Aug 25, 2013 03:14 PM #28
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Congratulations Dawn! It's a win-win for you both. Thanks for the post.

Aug 25, 2013 04:16 PM #29
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I agree, I have one of these coming up in another 30 days myself.

Aug 25, 2013 04:34 PM #30
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Smiles, tears....the things you can't measure in success is a great part of what we do !

Aug 25, 2013 07:50 PM #31
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

It's the greatest feeling in the world, for sure! But I feel that way about when my sellers have sold as well, as that means they can move on with their lives as well!

Aug 25, 2013 08:49 PM #32
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

If you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life. Keep loving it.

Aug 25, 2013 09:54 PM #33
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Coach House Realty - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green

In our area, buyer agents hand the keys to their respective buyers at closing.  Yes, handing over the keys can represent the culmination of weeks and months of hard work by agents, and I don't yet know of any reason for delays here!

Aug 25, 2013 09:56 PM #34
John F Muscarella
Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast

Good post and I agree.  After particularly difficult escrows it is great to finally see the smile on a new buyers face.

Aug 25, 2013 10:16 PM #35
Christine Farkas
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Awesome Customer Service Experience

I love to see the house a few months to a year later, seeing their personal touches and the way they transform a house to a home. Great Post!!!

Aug 26, 2013 07:17 AM #36
Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio

Brian, it is what it is. We have to have the transfer completed, funded and recorded before giving possession.

Amber, glad you enjoyed it!

Dondra, I agree!

Bill, it is hard to wait - we had a 90 day close for our house, and it was intolerable.

Rosie, Thanks! That's one big reason this job is so rewarding.

Kelly, me, too!!

Aug 26, 2013 11:52 AM #37
Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio

Cindy, it is awesome when we can give immediate possession!

Tammie, here closing is signing papers. Recording is funding and filing the deed with the county.

Travis, Yes, it is not fun to wait when buyers are excited about their new home.

Joan, it's so local, isn't it?

Myrl, TRUE! I love it!

Lana, thanks! I appreciate your comment.


Aug 26, 2013 11:55 AM #38
Dawn Maloney
RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist - Hudson, OH
330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio

Ralph, you're welcome!

Michelle, good for you!

Sally & David, truly fun indeed!

Nina, agreed! Sellers have so many reasons for selling, some closings are bittersweet, some are delightful.

Scott, very true!

Andrew, we have to fund and record before giving keys.

John, Absolutely!

Christine, those are my favorite invites: "Come over and see what we've done!!"

Aug 26, 2013 11:57 AM #39
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