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    Real Estate Closings Checklist - Performing A Successful Real Estate Closing as Buyers

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    Hi, this is Frank Chen with REIClub.com, the only site you need as a real estate investor. Today I’ve got a quick video on real estate closings and what you need to do, to have a smooth closing.

    Step 1: Earnest Money and Contingency Period 7-14 Days
    - Put down earnest money to secure your interest

    Contingency
    - The home inspection not revealing any major problems with the home
    - Contingent on Funding based on a % rate you can afford

    Step 2: Secure your Funding
    - Get your funding lined up (unless you’ve already provided proof of funds)
    - Many cases, pre-approval for your loan and written confirmation from your bank will be needed

    Step 3: Find a Title Company
    - Open escrow for the transaction, or use the sellers - middleman for your transaction
    - They will perform title searches and let you know if title is clear
    - If not, address the clouds on title and determine if it is worth it to stay or leave the deal
    - Maybe seller will fix it, or pay to fix it.

    Step 4: Find a Real Estate Attorney (optional)
    - Most of the time when you are dealing with a title company, a transaction is done legitimately
    - If you have concerns about the contract, or unclear, you can always ask the title company ahead of time
    - If you are still uncomfortable, consult with an attorney

    Step 5: Negotiate Real Estate Closing Costs
    - Title company will usually send you the HUD-1 Settlement Statement a week or more in advance for review
    - Review it, and make sure you understand what closing costs YOU are paying for and what the other party is paying for
    - If you have any questions, or would like negotiate some of the costs, do it then, not at the closing table
    - Can be done by email or phone with the title company

    Step 6: Complete the Home Inspection
    - Unless the home is being bought “As-is”
    - Complete the Home Inspection - confirm everything is up to code
    - If you find a serious problem - you can either back-out, or ask the seller to fix it or give you credit for it

    Step 7: Pest Inspection - Suspicion of termites
    - Separate from Home Inspection
    - If there is a problem, assess the cost and see if the deal is still worth it
    - Or if the seller will fix it

    Step 8: Re-negotiate the offer based on Inspection
    - Only if there are major problems, see if the seller is willing to lower the price to accommodate for repairs

    Step 9: Funding Escrow
    - Either wire them the amount owed to seller, they’ll hold it for you till everything is signed
    - Or bring a check to closing (Cash Buyers)

    Step 10: Final Walk-through
    - Schedule a time with your realtor, or seller to walk through the house one final time to make sure everything is in order
    - No broken windows, missing window units, holes in the wall, etc...

    Step 11: Go to Closing
    - Everything should be in order by the time you get to the closing tables