Mortgage closing is the last step in the exciting process of buying a home.
You worked with your lender to get pre-approvedÂ for a loan, and you found your dream home. You haggled over the price, and the seller accepted your offer.
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Hopefully, your real estate agent and lender have already walked you through the steps of buying a home and getting a mortgage.
Once you sign your purchase contract and open escrow, you must begin your due diligence.
The due diligence period varies by state. It protectsÂ the buyer and seller. Sellers must disclose anything negative that they know about the home. Buyers obtain inspections, title reports and other information.
Your lender will orderÂ an appraisal to make sure the property is worth its sales price. That protects you as well as the lender.
You'll comply with your lender's documentation requirements -- supplying income, asset and other paperwork to prove your creditworthiness.
After all of the necessary contract contingencies have been satisfied, and your mortgage loan has received final approval, itâ€™s time to prepare for your mortgage closing.
Real estate closingÂ involves the final performance of all agreements made between the buyer, the seller and your lender, for the purchase and financing of your new home.
Signing the closing documents legally transfers ownership from the seller, and you become the new owner of the property.
Up until the day of closing, you have probably only had interaction with your real estate agent, your lender and possibly the home inspector.
At the closing table, however, youâ€™ll see several faces for the first time. This is likely why the closing table can be intimidating for some.
You can expect your real estate agent to be at the closing table.
The sellers will probably attend, along with their real estate agent.
The closing attorney or escrowÂ officerÂ oversees the closing.
It is not uncommon to have your mortgage lender attend the closing. If this person can't be there, ask him or her to be available by phone in case questions come up.
If you can get a copy of your closing documents early, and review them at your leisure in your own home, the process can be much smoother.Â You can ask your questions and resolve issues without pressure.
Most lenders are happy to provide closing documents earlyÂ if you ask.
All buyers whose names appear on the propertyâ€™s title and/or mortgage documents must bring a government-issued photo ID.
Depending on where you live, mortgage closings are officiated by a company known as a title agency or a real estate closing attorney.
If you have ever bought a home, unless you paid cash, you know thereâ€™s lots of paperwork involved.
As a buyer, you will have a lot more paperwork to sign than the seller. You may sign and/or initial more than 100 times.
Even with all of the signatures involved, fortunately, closingÂ won't take all day.
According to real estate closing attorney, Gillen Joachim of Ganek, P.C., the typical purchase closing runs â€śjust shy of one hourâ€ť.
In addition to signing documents, you'll take care of a few other items.
Buying a home involves a variety of costs.
For the buyer, these costs include lender fees and third party charges (appraisals, credit reporting, and inspections). You may pay mortgage insurance premiums as well.
You'll also pay "prepaid items." These are not loan fees.Â "Prepaid items" include property taxes, homeownerâ€™s insurance, and per diem interest.
The closing agent reviews the final CD, or Closing Disclosure (formerly known as the HUD-1 form) to ensure all numbers that were originally disclosed are as they should be at closing.
Final costs must not deviate too much from your lender's
The amount needed for closing is typically communicated from your lender several days in advance of the closing.
Closing funds cannot be in the form of cash or personal check. Wired funds or cashierâ€™s checks are generally the only acceptable forms of payment received.
Your lender or closing agent will verify this information with you prior to closing.
After signing documents and paying closing costs,Â you get ownership of the property. The seller must publicly transfer the property to you.
The closing attorney or title agent will then record the deed.
You get your keys and officially become a homeowner. Congratulations!
The mortgage closing should be an enjoyable experience for everyone. Proper preparation and an understanding of the process are key to a smooth closing.
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