The Seller has Accepted Your Offer – Now What?

 This is where our job really begins.  There are several inspections to be coordinated with many parties and your associate will take the lead.  Your associate will coordinate with all parties, the appraiser, your lender, the termite inspector, the other broker, the title company or attorney and keep you involved and a participant in the process.  You job is to timely and actively follow up on all your obligations under the contract.

 Settlement or Closing 

We’ll be there with you.  At the settlement will be an attorney or title company representative, you, listing and selling brokers and all owners. Among other things, you’ll need a certified check, driver’s licenses, evidence of insurance, etc. The home seller should bring all warranties on equipment (or leave them in the house) and any instructions on equipment maintenance or operation.

The attorney will have searched the title, and obtained old and new lender instructions. First, all unresolved walk-through deficiencies are resolved.

With the buyer the attorney explains the deed of trust, deed of trust note, and settlement sheets. Buyer signs all three, and pays the balance of the down payment and buyer's closing costs.

With the seller the attorney explains the deed and settlement sheets and gets the home seller's signature on them. Seller pays appropriate closing costs.

Settlement Costs

 Closing costs for the buyer and seller may include:

•           Attorneys fees (preparation of deed, settlement fee, and any release fees)
•           Lender's inspection fee
•           Appraisal
•           Broker's commission
•           State deed transfer tax or recordation fee
•           Condominium or Homeowner's Association packet fees
•           Water escrow (to reduce confusion, you may want to bring canceled check and last bill; amount prorated at settlement)
•           Termite inspection
•           Loan discount fee (points based on loan amount)
•           Mortgage pay-off penalty (see deed of trust note)
•           Interest up to the date trusts are paid off

If the seller's taxes or insurance have been escrowed, the seller will receive any money accumulated in the account for bills not yet due. Additionally, the seller will be reimbursed by the buyer for any money paid in advance and not used, such as property taxes. The seller will receive these refunds at or after settlement, depending on the locality. Taxes and homeowner's dues or condominium fees will be prorated on a daily basis. Seller, buyer and brokers are supplied a copy of settlement sheets for their records.


The attorney or title company will disburse funds after all funds are in hand, checks have cleared, new lender has reviewed papers, and the title has been re-checked and deed recorded.  The house has now been sold, settled, and funds disbursed.

Congratulations on your new home.