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Progressive Urban's favorite sales of 2019

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Having been in business for over 30 years, the Realtors at Progressive Urban Real Estate are well versed in the process of becoming a homeowner. In In last week's blog post, we detailed what to expect during the closing process; leading up to closing and on the day of closing. In this blog post, we will provide guidance on how to prepare for the closing process.

In a real estate transaction, the closing is the final exchange in the sale and purchase of real estate in which the deed of title is delivered to the buyer, the title is transferred, financing documents, title insurance policies are exchanged, and the agreed-on costs are paid.

As a quick refresh, here is a simplified breakdown of what happens during closing and when the buyer finally becomes the homeowner. To read a more extensive list of what to expect during the closing process, take a look at last week's blog post

  1. The buyer signs a number of documents that are related to the mortgage loan and the sale of the property. 
  2. The buyer pays all closing costs related to the sale of the property.
  3. The title is transferred from the seller to the buyer and the buyer receives the keys to their new property!

So, how can home buyers prepare for the closing process? Here are a few tips for making the entire process as easy as possible:

Save, save, save! 

Start saving money as soon as possible. On closing day, there are a number of costs that buyers will incur including the down payment, processing fees, and other associated costs. The more financially prepared you are, the better! 

Keep an eye out for important documents.

One document important to look for is the Closing Disclosure document. This document will contain details about your home loan, your monthly mortgage payments, and your closing costs. It will tell you how much you actually have to pay when you close. It also provides a line-item breakdown of the individual costs and fees. This information will be especially helpful for buyers when securing funds for the day of closing. 

Get your funds all squared away.

Talk to your mortgage loan officer and your escrow agent to identify what the preferred method of payment is. It is important to have your payment prepared in advance so that there are no hold ups on the day of closing. 

Stay in touch with your key points of contact.

This includes your real estate agent, loan officer, and escrow agent who can answer questions you might have relating to the closing process. Be proactive! Communication is important during this process and ensuring that you have completed and provided all necessary documents leading up to the closing will help the entire process run as smoothly as possible. 

Have any further questions regarding the closing process and how home buyers can best prepare? Ask your Realtors at Progressive Urban Real Estate! 

December
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When buying a home, the closing process can be a confusing practice that not many buyers know what all is involved in it. At Progressive Urban Real Estate, we are here to make sure that process runs as smoothly as possible and to make sure that our clients feel educated and empowered about the process as a whole. 

The closing process essentially refers to the reviewing and signing documents that ultimately lead to a buyer becoming a homeowner. During the closing process, the bulk of the time is spent signing documents transferring the property and authorizing payments.

To make things as easy as possible, here is a quick three step process to break down the steps that buyers should expect during the closing process: 

The Real Estate Buyer Closing Process

For additional context, we put together a more extensive list of what happens during closing and when the buyer finally becomes the homeowner. 

  1. The home buyer will sign a variety of documents prepared by the bank and organized by the escrow / closing agent. 

Note: This closing process is usually managed by an escrow agent. An escrow agent is a third party who handles the paperwork signing, recording of the documents and funds collection and distribution.  

  1. The home buyer will also wire funds for downpayment and closing costs. The amount due is sent over to the buyer prior to the closing.
  2. The escrow agent confirms that the funds have been received from the buyer and that all of the documents are property signed.  The okay is then given to "file" the documents with the county recorders office officially transferring ownership from the seller to the buyer. 
  3. During time the escrow agent distributes the funds to the seller and other entities owed money for work on the transaction.
  4. The home buyer will be listed as the official owner of the property and becomes a homeowner!

In next week's blog post, we will detail how home buyers can best prepare for the closing process and provide some tips for clients who are planning to buy a home or already have a home that they are planning on purchasing. Have any questions regarding the purchase or closing process? Reach out to your Realtor at Progressive Urban!

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