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Smooth Closing Tips: Be Responsive

Be Responsive. Seems like a no-brainer, right? You’d be surprised just how many people are difficult to get a hold of after that real estate contract lands on the closing agent’s desk. 

Your attorney and closing agent are going to have to ask you specific questions they need for the documents they have to prepare for you. They will need your marital status, whether the property is your primary residence, and your social security number, just to name a few. When your attorney calls or emails you, be as responsive as possible. Make sure you let your attorney know the best way to reach you, leaving their office with multiple phone numbers, if necessary. Let them know if you’re not great about checking your email on a regular basis. 

And if you don’t know a given answer that your attorney is asking you off the top of your head, let them know as soon as possible that you will work on getting the information for them as soon as you are able. The odds are that they’ve hit a roadblock and need your information before they are able to continue the closing process. When clients take days to respond, the entire process gets backed-up and the closing agent and attorney are left scrambling to close on time. And if a closing date is pushed back, that means even more paperwork to sign and return, thus making an already stressful and paper-heavy project that much worse.

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