Closing is the final step in transferring ownership of a real estate property from real estate seller to real estate buyer. Some states require a lawyer to be present at a closing. Closing costs can include the cost of the land survey, broker’s fees, taxes, attorney’s fees, utility fees, homeowners association fees and inspection fees. The fees can vary depending on the contract, the location, and the time of the month the closing occurs. Get more information here about real estate closing transactions.
Is my real estate agent doing a good job? This reader feels like their agent didn't fully explain the process of selling their home and all their options. Q: I sold my dad’s house late last year and feel like I was taken advantage of by my agent and my real estate attorney, who was [...]
Old mortgages that have not been properly discharged might derail a home sale. What steps can they take to have the lender recognize the mortgage has been discharged? Q: I’m trying to sell my home and recently found out there is an old mortgage on the property from 20 years ago. The loan was never [...]
Is a home seller on the line for fulfilling inspector recommendations? They just might be if they really want the sale to go through. Q: My agent is insisting that I hire a licensed, bonded contractor to pump water from my crawl space. The inspector "recommends" this. I didn't have a license bonded contractor do [...]
When you buy a home you and a home inspector should do a final walkthrough before closing. While you may have had another home inspection along the way, the preclosing home inspection is important because by that point the sellers should have moved out of the home. You'll look for different things depending on whether you're buying new construction or an existing home.
Today on the Ilyce Glink Show, Ilyce discussed the Federal Government's takeover of secondary mortgage market giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She took calls from listeners like Cathy, who are wondering if the takeover will have an impact on their house closings in the coming weeks. Ilyce's answer: No. She said the takeover should help get the mortgage market moving again as international investors regain confidence in the U.S. mortgage market. Ilyce also took calls from Bob about how he should put money away for his grandchild (who would be the first person in the family to go to college), and from Chris, a real estate broker for 30 years who is incensed about what has happened to the real estate market and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She also answered questions about how to encourage an ex-spouse to refinance a loan after a divorce, whether you should stay in the stock market if you're in retirement, and other investment questions. For show notes and updates through the week, check out her blog at www.thinkglink.com/blog , and sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the ThinkGlink.com home page. Check out the videos at www.expertrealestatetips.net. And be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel.
Mortgage lenders require appraisals before issuing home loans. What happens if the home you want to buy appraises lower than what the seller wants? It depends on the contract. The buyer may lose his earnest money if the home does not appraise out and the seller is unwilling to lower the price. It's up to the buyer to cancel the home buying contract if the contract permits him to do that.
When you're selling a home and a buyer wants to buy the property as a gift is there anything you need to watch out for? Should the earnest money, which may become a down payment, be handled in a special fashion? It's critical that the transaction be handled with care to ensure estate planning and gift tax considerations are taken into account.