Just because you've found a buyer and reached an agreed upon price, it doesn't mean the process is over. Now you have to close the deal.
Closing can be the most complicated part of a real estate transaction. For example, a sale agreement sets not only the purchase price of the property, but it also establishes a set of terms and conditions the must be met for the sale to go through. Here are some possible complications to closing:
Experts advise against waiting too long as well. If your closing takes place 60 or more days following a sale agreement, it can be difficult to lock down an interest rate, and if rates go up, it may mean the buyer is no longer able to afford the home.
Closing also is known as "settlement" or "escrow" in some areas. It boils down to a closing agent taking money from the buyers, paying money to the owners and ensuring that the title is properly recorded in local records.
The closing agent also reviews the sale agreement to see what payments and credits the owner should receive and what amounts are due from the buyer. The agent also makes sure that specific transaction fees are paid (taxes and title searches, for instance).
The best advice from experts is to look over the sales agreement and look at what youve promised or been promised in return. If the agreement says the seller will repaint a room or fix a window, that task must be completed before closing.