What is a Closing?
A typical closing is a meeting between the buyer(s), seller(s), representatives or
agents for the lender (and title insurance company in some cases) and the real estate
broker. The purpose of the meeting is to transfer title (ownership) of the property from
the seller to you, the buyer.
In some states the broker may represent both you and the seller; or the closing process
may be handled by an escrow agent
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CLOSING?
- The lenders agent will ask for your paid insurance policy (or binder) on the
- The agent will list the adjustments (what you owe to the seller: remainder of the
down payment, pre-paid taxes, etc.; and what the seller owes you: unpaid taxes, pre-paid
- You will sign the mortgage or deed of trust (the legal document giving the lender the
right to take back the property if you fail to make your mortgage payments).
- You will also sign the mortgage note (the promise to repay the loan in regular monthly
- You will then be loaned the money to pay the seller for the house.
- The title (proof of ownership of the property) passes from the seller to you, usually in
the form of a Deed (the document that transfers the title) signed by the seller.
- The lenders agent will collect the closing costs from you, and give
you a Loan Disclosure Statement (a list of all the items you have paid for. Be sure to
- The deed and mortgage will then be recorded (put on file) in the town or county Registry
of Deeds. A copy of these documents should be mailed to you within a few days. Be sure to
keep them in a safe place along with your other records.
This Homebuyers Tip was excerpted from:
The Homebuying Guide, by Antony A. Phipps and Norma F. Moseley - Abt Books, 1978