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Real Estate Closing Checklist: What to Bring and What to Expect



Closing on a real estate transaction is an exciting and significant milestone, but it can also be a complex process. Being prepared with the right documentation and understanding what to expect can help ensure a smooth closing experience. In this blog post, we'll provide a comprehensive checklist of what to bring to your real estate closing and outline what you can expect during the process.


 

Essential Documents

Purchase Agreement and Addendums

Before closing, it's essential to have a copy of the purchase agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions of the sale. Additionally, any addendums or amendments to the agreement should be reviewed and brought to the closing for reference.


Identification and Proof of Ownership

At the closing, you'll need to provide identification to verify your identity. Acceptable forms of identification typically include a driver's license, passport, or other government-issued ID. If you’re the seller, you'll also need to provide documentation proving ownership of the property, such as a deed or title.


 

Financial Documentation

Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure

Prior to closing, you should receive a Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure from your lender. These documents provide detailed information about your loan, including the interest rate, closing costs, and monthly payments. It's important to review these documents carefully and address any questions or discrepancies with your lender before the closing date.


Proof of Insurance

Most lenders require proof of insurance before closing. This typically includes homeowners insurance, which protects your property against damage or loss. You'll need to provide documentation of your insurance policy and payment for the first year's premium at the closing.


 

Payment Methods

Certified or Cashier's Check

In many cases, you'll need to bring a certified or cashier's check to cover any closing costs or down payment. These funds are typically required in the form of a certified check, as personal checks are not accepted. It's important to obtain the check in advance and ensure it's made out for the correct amount.


Wire Transfer

Alternatively, you may be able to wire funds for the closing. Your closing agent or attorney will provide you with wire transfer instructions, including the account number and routing number. Be sure to verify the instructions with your bank and allow enough time for the transfer to be completed before the closing date.


 

Additional Items to Bring

Pen and Notepad

Bringing a pen and notepad to the closing can be helpful for taking notes and jotting down any questions you may have during the process. While your closing agent will guide you through the documents, having a pen and notepad on hand allows you to document any important information or concerns.


Questions for the Closing Agent

It's not uncommon for questions to arise during the closing process. Whether you're unclear about a particular document or have questions about the terms of the sale, don't hesitate to ask your closing agent for clarification. Having a list of questions prepared in advance can ensure that all your concerns are addressed during the closing.


 

What to Expect During Closing

Reviewing Documents

During the closing, you'll be presented with a variety of documents to review and sign. These may include the purchase agreement, loan documents, and various disclosures. It's important to take the time to read each document carefully and ask questions about anything you don't understand.


Signing and Notarizing

Once you've reviewed all the documents, you'll sign them in the presence of a notary public. The notary will verify your identity and witness your signature to ensure the documents are legally binding. Be prepared to sign multiple copies of each document, as well as any additional paperwork required by your lender or closing agent.


 

Closing on a real estate transaction is a significant event that requires careful preparation and attention to detail. By following this checklist and knowing what to expect during the closing process, you can help ensure a smooth and successful closing experience. At Prim & Mendheim LLC, we're here to assist you every step of the way and provide expert guidance throughout the closing process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your real estate needs.

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