Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS, Selling Your Home as if it were My Own! (Panorama R.E. Limited)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I'm like Michael Jacobs in that closings are pretty uneventful.  All takes place days before in respective lawyers' offices.  We're not part of the process at that stage.

Nov 24, 2015 11:02 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

When I was active and listing new construction, everything was done the day before closing.... walk through... payment for upgrades that were not included in the p/s.... the builder signed a deed in advance and his attorney was at closing.... I never was the buyer and two attorneys.... theirs and the seller's.... new construction was a simple process to wrap up.

Nov 24, 2015 10:47 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

I always go to the closing and bring the key's and stay to make sure there are no hiccups.

When getting the key drop off a basket of goodies.

Nov 24, 2015 10:45 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Actually I get them excited about one week prior to closing. Then, each one of us just goes into their own afterglow from there

Nov 24, 2015 10:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Pull the lockbox and sign, take a final walkthrough, then meet them over at the closing office.

Feb 17, 2019 09:50 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Never attend new construction closings and rarely miss resale closings!

Nov 25, 2015 08:20 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS sometimes, I ask them to go for lunch together. And they really like it.

Nov 25, 2015 01:20 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We don't have closings in Indiana with Lawyers.  After the walk-through, we meet t the title Company where the Sellers and Buyers have separate rooms.  when everything in done, both meet and discuss incidentals.

Nov 25, 2015 11:25 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

In Indiana we have a final walkthru just before closing and then head over to the title company for the signing of the paperwork.  We are required to be present.

Nov 25, 2015 10:00 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I meet them either at my office or the title company and make sure I have reviewed what they are to expect. I want it to be a happy day.

Nov 25, 2015 09:50 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Absolutely...only missd two in 16 years

Nov 25, 2015 08:11 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

For buyers, it's typically a walk through and then accompany to the closing.  After that, it depends on the sale and the people involved.

For sellers, I typically go through the home prior to the walk through and notify the seller of any potential issues.  If they haven't pre-signed, I will also go to the closing with them.

Nov 25, 2015 04:08 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I always attend the closing and bring a nice closing gift.

Nov 25, 2015 03:28 AM
Dave Edwards
Welcome Home Properties - Huntersville, NC
Full Service Residential Real Estate

My advice, NEVER MISS A CLOSING if you can help it.

First, this is the culmination of an emotional journey for both buyer and seller, and even the agents at times. Things can go still go bad, and quickly! If there is tension in the room, find a way to relieve it.  If the Attorneys fails to answer a question clearly, try to get it cleared up. Be on guard for the the seller or buyer saying something inappropriate to the other party.  One of them may have lingering anger over price or repair negotiations. 

More importantly, this is an opportunity to simply "be there" with our clients during this very emotional step,... to look out for them,... to congratulate them,... to give them a big hug.  It's not only very satisfying, it also helps create a source of future referrals.

Nov 25, 2015 01:15 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

In San Diego, listing agents have very little to do except clean up files on closing day.With buyers, I meet them when the deed transfers to hand them the keys.

Nov 24, 2015 11:58 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I schedule it and lend any assistance I can... 

Nov 24, 2015 11:16 PM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX

A date and time is scheduled with the title company for the closing,  and I attend the closing with my clients.

Nov 24, 2015 11:15 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It all has to do with the schedule. I generally will make sure the buyer, if I am representing them has completed a satisfactory walk-thru inspection and has signed the Walk-Thru Inspection Addendum. Then meet at the attorney's office for the closing and pass the keys when all is done.

Nov 24, 2015 11:10 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Gifts & keys and SOLD photos!!!

Closing in CA is just a phone call to say "it closed" and now I can legally hand over the keys.

Nov 24, 2015 11:08 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS It is customary in my area for the buyer, the seller and the agents to attend the closing.

Nov 24, 2015 11:05 PM
Toronto, ON

Lawyers, not real estate agents, handle closings in Ontario.

Nov 24, 2015 11:03 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

On the day of settlement, we meet them at the title company office and that is usually the time they would receive the keys to their new home.

Nov 24, 2015 10:58 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We all close at the title company, and have forms we have to sign, so we do attend.  I do a walk through at the home with the buyers prior to closing, and the buyers get the key at the end when it has funded.

Nov 24, 2015 10:44 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

In our market -- the closings are not held in an attorney's office -- it's rather uneventful to those who are relocating from different areas.  There is obvious communication with congratulations to all involved and an exchange of keys.   

Nov 24, 2015 10:42 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I will attend closing (we close at title companies not attorney offices) just to make sure there are no last minute surprises.  

Nov 24, 2015 10:41 PM