Right after contract acceptance, my transaction coordinator sends out an estimated timeline for the transaction. Which I forward to the seller. And you can bet they keep an eagle eye on that timeline, LOL. The day before the first contingency release is due, often a seller is on the phone to me, asking for our next-step plan if we don't get it.
Clients truly keep us on the ball. Which means by sharing all of the details with our sellers, we had better perform on time. I imagine some agents don't share timelines because maybe they don't want to be held accountable.
But closing, well, that is another story. Sometimes we sign extensions we don't need in the interest of making sure we remain in contract. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Sacramento Home Selling: When is Escrow Over and Closed?