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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think that covers it. Patience, as Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 point out and realizing their hand might cramp up from all the signature! Don't forget those reading glasses!

Aug 26, 2016 04:02 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 and Jeff Dowler .  We had a gentleman bring all the cash in a large suitcase.  It was for a long term lease. A

Aug 26, 2016 07:22 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Their eye glasses if they have:)

Our closings do not accept personal checks, so before we get to the closing the funds have been accounted for and ready for dispersement

I do suggest they allocate a bit of time before and after so we can go celebrate!

Aug 26, 2016 11:41 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Maybe rosary beads?

Aug 26, 2016 01:08 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

A list of the questions you would like to ask the home owners.

Aug 26, 2016 11:23 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

good question for everyone.... I haven't had a closing in 12 years!!!  nice bill posted!!!  I'll take a few of those, is not enough anymore....isn't that sad!!!

Aug 26, 2016 01:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Cash is not acceptable and no personall checks. Please arrange for a wire transfer of funds in advance. These require repeating several times!

Aug 26, 2016 11:22 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Pretty much the same as the seller...checkbook for unexpected issues, but that's never come up. If it's a cash closing I always advise the buyer to have certified funds. I had one buyer think he could write a check and use cash. He was young and thought he knew it all. He didn't listen to me. The title company wouldn't take anything over $500. He was from out of state and spent more than an hour running around to find a bank that would issue him a check, and he was charged a lot for it, too. 

Aug 26, 2016 01:03 PM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Like Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386  said, "patience" and also tell them to be prepared to get writer's cramp.

Aug 26, 2016 10:39 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Fred,  Am I losing it?  I swear this was addressed yesterday.  Other than funds and photo, there isn't anything else they need to bring. I may remind them of the "process" of what will happen next and when we will record and get the keys to their home. 

Aug 26, 2016 01:30 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Checkbook, just in case; otherwise - just a cheerful, non-confrontational attitude would do.

Aug 27, 2016 04:13 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Re/Max Real Estate Connections - Haymarket, VA
HOME~There is no place like it!

I tell them to bring a checkbook since it most cases they need to provide a voided check or deposit slip to have any funds wired to their accounts (sometimes it happens for buyers, too!)

Aug 27, 2016 02:59 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

A good black pen, carpal tunnel support for the wrist and reading glasses.  ID too for notarized stuff.  Oh, and knowing how you're vesting.

Aug 27, 2016 02:19 AM
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

Time and lots of it :)

Aug 27, 2016 12:21 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

In NC, buyers don't bring funds unless it's less than $5K, as anything more than that needs to be wired to the attorney. I tell them to bring photo ID, their checkbook (just in case).

Aug 27, 2016 12:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The escrow officer tells them what is necessary based on the transaction.  In California, we don't have the traditional "closing table".  

Aug 27, 2016 12:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Our title company tells them what they will need.

Aug 26, 2016 11:52 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good answers.

Aug 26, 2016 10:28 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Whatever Title & Escrow instruct them to bring to the signing

Aug 26, 2016 10:02 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I advise them that the closing agent/attorney will give them this information.

Aug 26, 2016 10:00 PM
Toronto, ON

We don't have closing meetings in my jurisdiction.  The buyer's legal counsel will advise what is required.

Aug 26, 2016 05:26 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin I jokingly tell them to massage their wrist.

And on a serious note, bring their checkbook - for some small adjustment, if any.

Aug 26, 2016 03:42 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I like some your comments Fred Griffin 

Aug 26, 2016 02:16 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Proof of wire transfer, proof of insurance and list of questions for sellers including garage door codes, alarm codes or any other information that has not yet been shared.

Aug 26, 2016 01:36 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My closer sends them all what they need to bring to closing

Aug 26, 2016 11:53 AM
Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

Some cookies or veggie snacks?  (lol)  Actually, I am thinking the Agent might do this, not the buyer! 

Aug 26, 2016 11:07 AM
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Time blocked out of your day. More for mortgage closings than cash.

Aug 26, 2016 10:47 AM
Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Check that the dates on your ID are current. If driver's license is old bring that and passport current. IF not a table funding state buyer may need to get copies of the wire transfer out (the online printout of the money going out to title) and the wire transfer request forms copy

Aug 26, 2016 09:50 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

The folks here have it covered - funds & ID.  

Aug 26, 2016 09:15 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

The buyer should have already taken care of any funds needed for the closing and generally these are wired. I can say what not to bring...all the children in tow, the whole family or lots of friends.

Aug 26, 2016 06:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Deja vu?

Ok, not quite, other side of the transaction this time.

Once sold a home to a 90+ year old lady, who had been an investor for years and wanted this particular home to spend her final years in since it had been her first flip.

She brought a box of garbage bags to the table, started unrolling the bags to reveal all the cash she was going to need for closing.

Later that day the people at the bank were a little freaked out when I walked in with that much cash, but at least I did not bring it in hidden in between the layers of a roll of garbage bags.

Aug 26, 2016 03:51 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance


Aug 26, 2016 03:41 AM
Liz Kroft
Keller Williams Realty - Santa Cruz, CA
Helping Santa Cruz County Buy, Sell & Invest

Hand masseuse :) But seriously, provide a succinct closing package (1-2 pages) of what to do next, what to expect, important information/contacts. 

Aug 26, 2016 02:51 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Checkbook.  Proof of insurance maybe. We do wire transfers now so it's pretty simple for them. 

Aug 26, 2016 01:42 AM