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What to Expect from the Closing Process

Tuesday, February 13, 2024   /   by Tim Elder

What to Expect from the Closing Process

The closing process marks the final step in a real estate transaction, where ownership of the property is officially transferred from the seller to the buyer. Whether you're a home buyer or seller, understanding what to expect during closing can help ensure a smooth and successful outcome. Here's a guide to navigating the closing process:


For Home Buyers:


  • Scheduling the Closing: Once your offer is accepted and all contingencies are met, the closing date is set. This typically takes place several weeks after the offer is accepted to allow time for inspections, appraisals, and financing arrangements.

  • Reviewing Closing Documents: Prior to closing, you'll receive a Closing Disclosure from your lender, detailing the final terms of your loan, including the loan amount, interest rate, closing costs, and any other fees. Review these documents carefully and address any questions or concerns with your lender or real estate agent.

  • Conducting a Final Walkthrough: Shortly before closing, you'll have the opportunity to conduct a final walkthrough of the property to ensure it's in the same condition as when you agreed to purchase it. Verify that any agreed-upon repairs have been completed and that the property is vacant and clean.
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  • Bringing Funds to Closing: On the day of closing, you'll need to bring certified funds or arrange for a wire transfer to cover your down payment, closing costs, and any other fees. Your lender will provide specific instructions on how to transfer the funds.

  • Signing Closing Documents: At the closing appointment, you'll review and sign a variety of legal documents, including the loan documents, title documents, and the deed transferring ownership of the property. Be prepared to provide identification and sign your name multiple times.

  • Receiving the Keys: Once all documents are signed and funds are transferred, the closing agent will record the transaction with the appropriate county or municipal office. You'll receive the keys to your new home and officially take possession of the property.

For Home Sellers:


  • Preparing for Closing: As the seller, you'll need to prepare for closing by ensuring any outstanding repairs or obligations are addressed, and the property is vacant and clean. You'll also need to gather important documents, such as the deed, title insurance policy, and any applicable warranties.

  • Reviewing Closing Documents: Prior to closing, you'll receive a settlement statement outlining the final terms of the sale, including the purchase price, closing costs, and any credits or adjustments. Review these documents carefully and address any discrepancies with your real estate agent or attorney.

  • Signing Closing Documents: At the closing appointment, you'll sign various legal documents, including the deed transferring ownership of the property to the buyer, as well as any additional paperwork required by the closing agent or title company.
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  • Distributing Proceeds: Once the transaction is finalized, the closing agent will distribute the proceeds from the sale. This may include paying off any existing mortgage or liens on the property, covering closing costs and commissions, and disbursing the remaining funds to you, the seller.

  • Handing Over Keys and Possession: After all documents are signed and funds are disbursed, you'll hand over the keys to the property to the buyer and officially transfer possession. Make sure to leave the property in good condition and provide any necessary instructions or information to the new owners.

  • Completing Post-Closing Obligations: Following closing, you may have additional post-closing obligations, such as canceling utilities, forwarding mail, and notifying relevant parties of the change in ownership. Your real estate agent can help guide you through these final steps.


Overall, the closing process is a pivotal moment in any real estate transaction, marking the culmination of weeks or months of preparation and negotiation. By understanding what to expect and working closely with your real estate agent or attorney, you can navigate the closing process with confidence and ease, ensuring a successful outcome for all parties involved.


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The Tim Elder Team
Tim Elder
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