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Essential Items to Bring to a Real Estate Closing

The process of closing on a real estate transaction is an exciting yet meticulous affair. As the day approaches, it's essential to make sure you have all the necessary items ready to ensure a successful closing. By being prepared, you can minimize stress and maximize your chances of a seamless closing process.

Identification Documents: One of the most crucial things to bring to a real estate closing is your identification documents. Typically, you will need to bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport. This identification will validate your identity and ensure that you are the rightful party involved in the transaction. You may be asked to bring 2 forms of ID and while it may not be necessary to have both, we have seen times where people didn't realize their Driver's License had expired, so having the second form of ID on them prevented any delay in closing.

Closing Documents: You will receive copies of many of your closing documents from your lender before closing, to review. You should review these documents in advance to familiarize yourself with their content and raise any questions or concerns with your real estate agent or attorney. At the closing, your Closing Attorney will have all of the documents needed for closing. They should walk you through each document and ensure that all of your questions are answered before you leave the closing.

Proof of Insurance: If you're obtaining a mortgage to finance your property purchase, the lender will require proof of insurance coverage. Ensure that your insurance information has been provided to your Lender and Closing Attorney before the closing date. Bring a copy of the Declaration Page just to ensure your Attorney has received it.

Certified Funds: Typically, you will need to bring certified funds to cover your closing costs and any down payment required. Contact your closing attorney in advance to determine the acceptable form of payment. This will almost always need to be sent in the form of a wire transfer. Make sure the funds are readily available and arranged beforehand to avoid any last-minute complications.

Contact Information: It's a good idea to have a list of essential contacts related to the closing process. This can include the contact information for your real estate agent, lender, closing attorney, and any other parties involved. Having these details readily available can help address any questions or concerns that may arise during the closing.

Notepad and Pen: During the closing, there may be important details or instructions you want to jot down. Bringing a notepad and pen allows you to take notes and document any relevant information or questions that come up during the process. This will help you stay organized and ensure you have a record of key points discussed.

Time and Patience: Lastly, remember to bring a sense of time and patience to the closing. Real estate transactions can sometimes encounter unforeseen delays or complications. By maintaining a calm and patient demeanor, you can navigate any issues that may arise and help facilitate a successful closing.

Bringing the right items to a real estate closing is crucial for a smooth and efficient process. By preparing in advance and having all the necessary documents and funds readily available, you can reduce stress and ensure a successful closing. Remember to double-check the requirements with your real estate agent or closing attorney, as specific needs can vary based on location and individual circumstances. With careful planning and organization, you'll be well-equipped to finalize your real estate transaction and begin your journey as a homeowner.

Jeremiah L. McGuire


Memphis, TN


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