Finally, you have reached the end of the long road to owning the home you’ve fallen in love with. The transaction does not go final until you go through a successful closing, also sometimes referred to as the settlement of the property. In many areas, an escrow agent will go through the closing process with you and that service is usually supplied by your title company. The goal is to make sure that the property changes hands successfully and the payment for the property is executed properly as well. The seller’s mortgage then gets its entire balance paid and the transaction is completed.
A full report is done to outline how money is transferred amongst the parties. An escrow agent will only go through the process of moving the money when all of the items of the closing have been taken care of.
Other Aspects To Keep In Mind
Shut off your utilities – A seller is responsible for all utility charges up to the day of the closing, at which point all of the meters are read to determine where service then becomes the responsibility of the buyer. Sometimes this can entail a deposit for the buyer to get service started.
Service Contracts – If buying a property entails buying a contract for a particular service like landscaping or pool maintenance, you will have to make sure that those services are transferred over to you at the time of the closing.
Transfer the money – A cashier’s check is usually the only accepted payment for a closing and your title company should inform you how much you should be prepared to pay at closing.
Home Warranty – One great way to remove stress from the purchase process is a home warranty so that if an appliance or other aspect of the house is damaged upon purchase, you are covered for the repairs. The benefit of not having to worry about your new purchase is often worth the cost of a home warranty.
The entire real estate transaction process can be the fulfilment of a life long dream to own a home. That dream comes with substantial benefit of the sense of pride home ownership can provide. ForSaleByOwner.com is designed as a resource for those that want to feel that pride and own their own home. This guide is intended to be an informational resource for all consumers that feel that way and is a great way to set yourself on the path to home ownership.