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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.
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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 went....it was the buyer and two attorneys.... theirs and the seller's.... new construction was a simple process to wrap up.
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.
Actually I get them excited about one week prior to closing. Then, each one of us just goes into their own afterglow from there
Pull the lockbox and sign, take a final walkthrough, then meet them over at the closing office.
Never attend new construction closings and rarely miss resale closings!
Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS sometimes, I ask them to go for lunch together. And they really like it.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely...only missd two in 16 years
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.
I always attend the closing and bring a nice closing gift.
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.
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.
I schedule it and lend any assistance I can...
A date and time is scheduled with the title company for the closing, and I attend the closing with my clients.
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.
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.
Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS It is customary in my area for the buyer, the seller and the agents to attend the closing.
Lawyers, not real estate agents, handle closings in Ontario.
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.
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.
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.
I will attend closing (we close at title companies not attorney offices) just to make sure there are no last minute surprises.