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.
When you buy a home, it's good to understand whether the professionals involved in your home purchase can receive referral fees. The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act prevents giving lawyers, real estate brokers and mortgage lenders referral fees. Learn how to stay clear of any illegal activity and follow real estate law when it comes to fees.
After the inspection of a newly constructed home the buyer has found that the air conditioning does not meet the manufacturer's requirements. Now she is negotiating with the developer and sub-contractor to get some assurances that the unit will work. A real estate lawyer can help determine what was included in the contract and how she can get out of the purchase if the developer doesn't fix the AC or provide a warranty.
Relocating to a new city can be difficult. To save time and money, you might consider moving only once - by renting the home you'd like to buy before the closing. However, a seller may not want to rent the home. But given the current buyer's market, renting before closing could be a possibility. To have the opportunity, you must work with the seller to offer them several assurances that you will go through with the closing.
A homeowner has his home on the market and has a property tax bill due next month. The homeowner is obligated to pay his property tax bill on time. During the closing a "proration" of taxes can be negotiated. The seller will pay for the percentage of the year you lived in your house. The buyer will pay for the percentage of the year he will have lived in the house.
When you buy a property it's important to have your name on the title and mortgage, if you have one. If you buy a property with a family member and later decide to sell, but you have no clear documentation showing you're the owner, it could be a problem. Learn the legalities of determining a home's owner to enable selling a home.
A homeowners has transferred the right to buy a property to a second party who in turn transferred it to a third party. There are certain legalities that must take place to insure that the paperwork is just right to make sure that title runs from the bank to the third buyer. The homeowner should try to get the bank to authorize the closing agent to transfer title to the third buyer
A real estate investor wants to know if an unusual deal where he is willing to pay more than the asking price is considered illegal lending activity. The buyer is wondering if paying the seller outside of the stated deal with the mortgage company and not informing the lender is illegal. A buyer and a seller can agree to one price in a contract and agree that the seller will credit or pay the buyer money back at settlement. However, some people might suggest this transaction is illegal because you have a lender involved.
Shopping for a new mortgage can be confusing. You should ask what for an itemization of closing costs, because some of them may be negotiable. You may be able to close at the end of the month instead of at the beginning and cut down on your prepaid interest, but this only changes the cash you'll need at the closing and does not reduce your loan fees. Ask the lender to provide you with an estimate and make sure the closing costs are itemized so you can see what you're paying.