Typically when I attend closing with my buyers it turns into a warm conversation where we can discuss various topics, including a congratulations. The only people in the room are the Escrow Officer (closer) buyers and their agent.
Today while at closing the Listing Agent showed up and invited himself in. His clients (sellers) had signed their documents the day before. His presence was awkward. He was both intrusive and disruptive to our closing as he kept talking about how great the home was. He even bragged about his son being on the neighborhood swim team. Prior to my buyers leaving he let them know the sellers personal phone number and forwarding address for any mail or packages that may come through.
When the closing was finished I had a conversation with the Escrow Officer about his being there and was told, "Cartus relocation requires it."
Cartus relocation and other relocation companies have become more and more assertive with their practices and procedures over the years, but for them to assume they can control everything from start to finish (believe me there's more we could discuss) should not go without a push back.
The closing process and the details of the closing are none of the listing agents business. Would Cartus let me attend their closing if I asked? Today the closer DID NOT verbally discuss the buyers interest rate or go over all the details verbally that I expected. She was uncomfortable.
In 13 years I've closed many transactions with relocation companies but have never dealt with this before. What do you think the TRID rules are? I asked. I'll come back in a few days with their response. What stops my client from sending his spiritual adviser or pipe hitting enforcer to the sellers closing? Why not private security or my nephew who is an aspiring Realtor? Could I send him to random closings? He could film them, take notes, snap a few photo's and do that Facebook Live thing? Laugh it off, but where do you draw the line when it comes to "who can attend the buyers closing? Who makes the call? What are the rules?
The listing agent should sit in the lobby. Period. If he has questions or wants to make sure the closing occurred he can visit with the Escrow Officer after closing.