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A guide to a real estate closing in North Carolina

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2023 | Real Estate Law

After weeks of searching, open houses, negotiating and paperwork, you finally made it to the real estate closing on your new North Carolina home. The role of the closing is to finalize all the details and execute all documents necessary for transferring property ownership from one party to another.

Understanding real estate closing

At a typical real estate closing in North Carolina, there will be several key players: the buyer, the seller, their respective attorneys and a title company representative or an attorney who oversees the closing process. All these parties will come together to ensure that the buyer signs all the documents that they need to own the house, including the deed, loan documents and other closing forms.

What to expect

The closing process usually consists of two separate meetings. The first meeting is with the buyer and seller’s attorneys to review all contract-related documents, answer any questions and ensure that both parties understand the transaction. At this meeting, each party will sign all the necessary documents and initial them as needed.

The second meeting is with a title company representative or attorney overseeing the closing process. This individual will explain all documents to both parties, record them with the county clerk’s office or register of deeds office and ensure the process goes smoothly in adherence to the law. They will also collect payments from both parties, provide settlement statements to buyers and sellers, issue title insurance policies for both parties and disburse funds accordingly.

Tips to make the process a success

Have all documents readily available. Ensure you have all paperwork ready beforehand, such as proof of identification, loan papers, deed and others. This can make the process faster and easier for everyone.

Be patient and pay attention. The closing process can be lengthy, so it is important to stay focused, ask questions if needed and read over all documents thoroughly before signing them.

Be prepared for closing costs. Closing costs, such as title fees, taxes, attorney’s fees and more are unavoidable when purchasing a home in North Carolina, so it’s important to budget accordingly.

Real estate closings in North Carolina can be a bit overwhelming, but understanding what to expect and having the right documents can go a long way in making the process run smoothly. With a little preparation, you will be ready for your real estate closing day in no time.