What Exactly Constitutes Closing a Sacramento Escrow

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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?

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We also send out a timeline calendar. Helps everybody stay on track.  Have a great Monday, Elizabeth. D 

May 21, 2018 09:29 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Elizabeth- you are so right...agents do this all of the time but the rest of us may do it just a few times in our lives. A seller may not understand that just because they still have the key to their former house, doesn't mean it's ok to go in. 

May 21, 2018 07:03 PM #2
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, all clients, buyers and sellers need to know how the timeline will go.  Hopefully smoothly.

May 22, 2018 06:36 AM #3
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Elizabeth, even listing agents seem to get confused as to when a transaction is closed. I've had several LA's ask me for paperwork that their brokerage needs AFTER recording. They should have made sure they had it BEFORE it "closed". Sorry, I don't send out anything afterwards.

May 24, 2018 07:46 AM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® It's amazing how many people think they can keep signing and delivering documents after closing . . . Didn't they hear the bell? Game over, take your seats.

May 24, 2018 08:50 AM #5
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