In many states, the seller isn’t required to attend the closing and can sign all paperwork ahead of time. Sellers should check with their real estate agent or attorney to find out if they need to attend the closing.Key milestones of the closing include:1
- Transferring of ownership and possession of the property to the buyer
- Paying off all loans the seller's still carrying on the house
- Paying real estate agents, lawyers, and others who contributed the sale
- Receiving proceeds from the sale
- Fulfilling all agreed-upon contingencies of the sale
Home buyers: What to expect at closing and how much does it cost?
- A settlement agent oversees the closing process, usually in a title company’s or an attorney’s office. A few days before the closing, your lender will send you the Closing Disclosure and the Loan Estimate. Look for the “cash to close” reference, this tells you how much money you’ll need to bring to the closing, often in the form of a cashier’s check or a bank wire.
Cash to close includes the buyer’s portion of the closing costs, which vary by location but average 3% to 4% of the home’s price,2 plus any remaining down payment owed by the buyer.The fees and costs associated with home-buying, including:2
- Title search
- Title insurance
- Loan origination
- Private mortgage insurance
- Property taxes
How much are closing costs for sellers?
Some of the costs sellers can typically expect to pay at closing include:3
- Real estate commissions. Usually 6% of the home’s sale price, split between the seller’s and buyer’s agent
- Mortgage payoff and prepayment penalty. The amount you owe on your mortgage, plus any potential penalties for paying off your loan early
- Transfer taxes or recording fees. Your state or local government will charge for transferring the title from you to the buyer
- Title insurance. This protects against any issues with the title transfer in a real estate deal
- Prorated property costs. Includes any property taxes and homeowner’s association dues
- Attorney or settlement fees. Paid to the escrow or title agent handling your closing