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What Happens at Closing

You've finally reached the end of your real estate transaction. You've just negotiated on a fair price for your Erie home, signed a sales agreement, and now it's time to close on the property and transfer the title.

Congratulations! Now what happens?

Closing is the time when all accounts are settled, the new mortgage is signed, and all the fees are taken care of. Closing is also where intricacies of the entire real estate process come into play. But don't worry — we're here to help you navigate the closing process. Let's get started. 

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Moving in to the Home of Your Dreams in Erie

You've just met with the Erie home seller and the seller's agent, and perhaps with representatives from the title company and mortgage lender. It's time to get the title of your new home transferred over to you! Here's what you need to know about closing on your property. 

The Date of Closing

When you signed the purchase agreement, the contract let you know the price and terms for the home you're buying, as well as the date and location where the actual property and house key transfer takes place.  

During this time, the ownership of the home title will be checked in county and court records. 

Reviewing the Home Inspection

Typically, between signing a purchase agreement and signing mortgage paperwork is the time for a property survey, home appraisal, and home inspection. This is when you'll learn about any structural damages or repairs that need to be done to the home and making sure you're paying a fair value for the property. 

Review the written reports and determine whether you want the home seller to make the necessary repairs or whether you want to buy the property as is. The home inspection is a great way of protecting you as a consumer from any problems that weren't apparent in an initial home viewing. 

Paperwork You'll Need to Sign

Be ready with your pen — closing on a home in Erie means you have to sign a lot of paperwork. 

If you're financing the property, your mortgage lender will typically have you sign a promissory note that says you'll be personally responsible for paying off your home loan. You'll also need to sign a deed of trust, which is a security measure for the lender that gives the lender the right to sell your home if you cannot repay your mortgage. 

Paying Closing Costs

When you meet on the scheduled date of closing, you'll be required to pay any fees and all closing costs in what's called "guaranteed funds," such as a wired funds or cashier's check. Your home buyer's agent will let you know exactly how much to pay at closing. 

It's Time to Move! 

Congratulations! The home is yours! 

It's time to move everything into your new property in Erie. 

Need a detailed moving checklist? Want to know more about what happens at closing or about the Erie home buying process? Find everything you need to know in our free Home Buyers Guide!

If you have any further questions about the home buying process, let us know by calling our real estate team at 814-866-8840. 

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Selling Your Property and Transitioning to Your New Home

You've just accepted to home buyer's offer to purchase your Erie property! Congratulations! What happens now? 

After you've signed the sale agreement, you'll want to revisit the terms and conditions of your sales contract and closing costs, not to mention handle any other unexpected details of the transaction that may appear. But don't worry, your real estate agent will help you prepare for closing on your home. Here's what you can expect during the home closing process as an Erie home seller. 

Know the Terms and Conditions of the Sales Agreement

Selling your home rests on a series of terms and conditions, which your home seller agent will help you navigate. 

For instance, a contract depends on whether the home buyer can actually obtain the financing to purchase your home, which is why it's nice to encounter home buyers who have their pre-approval letter in hand. 

A home inspection is also a term usually included in the sales agreement. Erie home buyers want a physical, thorough, and professional review of the home they're about to purchase to make sure that they know about any maintenance issues they want to take care of. Mortgage lenders also want to run a series of tests and conditions on your home — they'll want a title exam, title insurance, termite inspections, and an appraisal to make sure your home is valuable enough to secure the loan. 

Revisit Your Obligations as a Home Seller

Take a look at the sale agreement with your real estate agent. If there's any work that needs to be done, make sure you make the necessary repairs before closing. 

For example, if you agreed to replace the kitchen stove or paint the living room a more neutral color, this needs to be done by the closing date. You can discuss everything with your real estate agent before the transaction and title transfer takes place. 

Review the Sale Agreement for Your Home

Don't worry, you don't have to do this yourself when you're working with a real estate agent. 

Your closing agent will review the sale agreement to find out what payments and credits you as the homeowner will receive and what amounts are due from the buyer of your house. The closing agent also makes sure that certain transaction costs are paid, like taxes and title searches. 

Make Any Financial Adjustments 

The closing agent also takes care of this for you. This is the time when certain adjustments will be made, like on your property taxes, to make sure everything is financially accounted for. For instance, if you're ahead on paying your property taxes by several months, your closing agent will make sure that you're compensated at closing for prepaying your taxes by having the home buyer pay you additional money at closing. 

It's Time to Move! 

Congratulations! You've just sold your property. It's time to finish packing your belongings and transitioning to your new home. 

Need to know what to pack and which moving expense records to keep? Want to know more about closing and the Erie home selling process? Get a comprehensive guide to the home selling process with our free Erie Home Selling Guide!

Contact us if you have any further questions about what you'll experience at closing. We'll be happy to assist you.


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