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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Separately.  Often the buyers and sellers NEVER meet.

Apr 27, 2016 02:44 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

CA is weird, no 'meeting at the closing table', just signing off on docs, escrow moving papers and money around, and voila, ownership is transferred.

I still work in the northeast too, where in Delaware & PA, it's common for buyers, sellers, agents, and everyone to be together signing off & exchanging keys & checks

Apr 27, 2016 09:59 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Because of the new TRID our closers are separating buyers and sellers. I think this is an excellent idea and should have been done all along.

Apr 27, 2016 09:11 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

in my area, they always sign in one's like a little party...

Apr 27, 2016 03:44 AM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

Seperate seems to be the norm here.  Usually signing seller docs take but 15 minutes or less.  Buyers, if getting a loan, take a little longer. No need for them both to sit in the closing room.  Plus, if I was a buyer, I would not want the sellers to hear about my financials as the title company is explaining the loan docs to me.

Apr 27, 2016 03:35 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Separately. That is what realtors do be the parrot or ears of them.


Apr 27, 2016 03:11 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Separately. Would keep the war from starting in some cases!

Apr 27, 2016 03:04 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Separately - ne'er the twain shall meet - plus we do a lot of mail outs

Apr 27, 2016 08:53 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Round table closing with all parties present is the norm

Apr 27, 2016 11:16 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

In Colo. most times both sign together. 

Apr 27, 2016 09:46 AM
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

We historically had everyone at the same table for the closing, but with the implementation of TRID, that's not happening as much any more. 

Apr 27, 2016 07:54 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It is nice when we can all sit down together, but often schedules or distance prohibit this.

Apr 27, 2016 07:24 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We generally keep the parties apart.

Apr 27, 2016 07:10 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

We do it both ways.

Apr 27, 2016 06:24 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Yes, we still do conference room style here.

Apr 27, 2016 06:23 AM
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Separately.  The two parties never meet.   I just closed a property and we all met in the entry. One leaving the other arriving.  Was totally ok.  They even exchanged phone numbers. 

Apr 27, 2016 06:23 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

We do not have settlement table in AZ - buyer and seller SELDOM SEE each other during any phase of the transaction. I have clients I've never seen. I know we are not the norm and honestly don't know how you guys all sit together at a table and work it out. I guess that's why you use attorneys. 3:)

Apr 27, 2016 06:03 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Both are done. just depends on schedules and locations of buyers and sellers.

Apr 27, 2016 06:01 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Our own sellers very often pre sign documents and are not at closing, we have the power of attorney to sign AT closing.  On rare occasions when both buyes and sellers are there, they are in separate rooms, and ideally, shake hands and congratulate each other at the conclusion of the closing.

Apr 27, 2016 05:31 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

We have it both ways.  Just depends on everyones schedule.

Apr 27, 2016 04:58 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't know what's happening in MD, but the new TRID requirements are that buyer and seller sign separately even if they are signing at the same time. In NC they no longer sit in the same room.

Apr 27, 2016 04:32 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Depending on where we close:  Most Title Companies have us in the same room (unless there are personality conflicts, etc.) -- then we request separate quarters.  From my experience when we close at a Bank they automatically put buyers and sellers in separate room for "privacy" reasons.  

Apr 27, 2016 03:37 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Many years ago, it seemed settling together was the norm, however, now it is rare with split settlements being more common.  For sellers, usually it's because they prefer to go in at their convenience and sign in advance.  I prefer my clients settle with a title company that is reliable and known to do a good job. 

Apr 27, 2016 03:19 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Separately.  Keeps each side of the transaction private.

Apr 27, 2016 03:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In Denver we typically sign at the same table too, but when the transaction has been less than amicable, it could get split.

Apr 30, 2016 07:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I prefer togetherness.

Apr 28, 2016 09:46 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Re/Max Real Estate Connections - Haymarket, VA
HOME~There is no place like it!

I rarely do closings with both parties at the table. Our area is very busy, people have demanding jobs, and traffic is always a consideration.

Apr 28, 2016 12:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I have never seen a buyer and seller together at the closing table as in California that table doesn't exist.  In fact, it's not uncommon for the buyers and sellers to ever meet.  

Apr 28, 2016 12:21 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

If the buyer and seller get along, we sit together, when they dont, it is separate rooms, or times.

Apr 27, 2016 11:25 PM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Here, everyone gets together at the same time. I would prefer that they did not, just for timing issues alone. Sometimes it came be weeks before both attorneys, the seller and buyer, the title company, etc can all get together in a room. We would be able to close a lot faster if we could do it separately.

Apr 27, 2016 10:24 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Separately.  Works well.

Apr 27, 2016 10:07 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Always separately, in SoCal buyers usually never  meet  or communicate directly with sellers. 

Apr 27, 2016 05:32 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Meredith, we prefer a closing at the registry - buyers present and sellers most of the time.

Apr 27, 2016 04:07 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

My understanding is that TRID has something to do with the change.

Apr 27, 2016 03:32 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

we close at the same table. But generally speaking the attorney will start with the buyers even if the sellers haven't arrived because they have so many more documents and the seller shouldn't have to sit through that.

Apr 27, 2016 02:51 PM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Everyone used to sit at the same table, the same closing room, at the same time. 

Thanks to TRID, Buyer has already signed the loan docs somewhere else, or in another room.


Apr 27, 2016 01:47 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Buyers and sellers close separately here in Texas, which is the best way to handle it in my opinion.

Apr 27, 2016 01:19 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There is no real custom we do what works for the clients

Apr 27, 2016 12:59 PM
Toronto, ON

The lawyers are the ones who work together to close the transaction.

Apr 27, 2016 06:32 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Buyer and seller THINK they want to be together.

I do my best to not allow both together.

Usually I prevail. Last week I did not. Ended well.

Apr 27, 2016 03:49 AM