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Entering the world of real estate sales in California can be riddled with uncertainties, especially if it’s your maiden voyage. Look no further than Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices for experienced guidance on the intricate steps of closing a home sale. Let’s dive deep into the nuances of what awaits you in the closing process. Should you ever need expert support in your property dealings, feel free to reach out at (310) 373-0021.

Not Every Seller Needs to Attend the Closing

An essential distinction to be aware of is that while buyers typically need to be present during the closing, the same isn’t always true for sellers. Depending on the circumstances, sellers might either:

  • Sign necessary paperwork in person on the day.
  • Finalize the deed and relevant documents before the actual closing day.
  • Designate an attorney via Power of Attorney to represent them and sign on their behalf.

After the sale, the funds can be transferred directly to your designated bank account or an escrow account if you’re investing in a new property. While attending in person is a choice, some sellers may opt out, especially if there are potential disagreements with the buyer over the transaction’s conditions.

Post-Closing: What’s Next?

Once the deal is sealed, and the escrow representative settles payments with the lender and clears any existing liens on the property, the proceeds from the sale are channeled to you. Concurrently, the buyer’s deed and mortgage details are sent for official recording at the county’s office, and the buyer acquires any other necessary transfer documents.

From this moment, you officially relinquish ownership of the property. As per the norms, and unless otherwise stated in the sale agreement, you should surrender all property access tools – be it house keys, garage remotes, or any devices governing home utilities – to the buyer. It’s imperative that you vacate the property before the closing and ensure it’s in impeccable condition.

Staying beyond the agreed-upon closing date could place you in a precarious situation. There’s a risk of the buyer pursuing eviction, or even legal action for contractual breach if the home isn’t tidied up to expectations. If a delay in vacating seems inevitable, communicate with your agent promptly about crafting a post-close possession agreement. Swift action is key.

Every Home Closing is Distinctive

Remember, no two closings are identical. At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, we have been at the forefront of countless property transactions, giving us a deep well of experience to draw from. We stand ready to navigate you through every twist and turn, ensuring a smooth transition. If you’re in search of a dedicated agent, whether for buying or selling, reach out to us at (310) 373-0021.