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Buying a Home? How to Navigate the Closing/Settling Process

Written by Posted On Monday, 27 February 2017 17:56
Many people are often excited about purchasing a home and relocating to a new property. One of the most important steps of the home buying process is closing the transaction, which will allow you own the property and obtain the title. When you're preparing to navigate the closing process, there are a few tips to follow.

Expect the Unexpected

The closing process is complicated and can include plenty of surprises. The process can take several hours to complete, making it necessary to read the fine print and avoid rushing through the documents. You may find a few mistakes that include extra fees or a change in your interest rate, making it important to ask for an explanation of the charges.

Determine if You Want a Home Warranty

Home warranties become available during the closing process and should be researched before you go into the meeting. Home warranties can allow you to receive discounted services when appliances break or water damage occurs on the property. The warranty can protect your pocketbook and will help you to avoid the stress of paying for unexpected repairs that are often needed in the coming years. Warranties always come with fine print and can include additional fees that you don't anticipate.

Hire Professionals

You can avoid mistakes and have a smooth settling process by hiring professionals to assist you with closing. A realtor will be capable of explaining certain terms or conditions in the fine print to ensure that you understand what you're signing. You can also hire a company like KDD Conveyancing Services to make it easy to complete the process in a shorter period of time. Conveyancing services include private sales, residential property settlements, related party transfers, and strata title applications.

Prepare for Closing Costs

Many buyers make the mistake of saving for the down payment of the home, but don't have enough money set aside for the closing costs to complete the transaction. The closing costs include attorney's fees, loan orientation fees, mortgage application fees, and property insurance. Save two to five percent of the purchase price of the home to ensure that you can afford all of the fees. When you want to prepare for the closing process, there are several steps to take before arriving for the meeting. With enough research conducted, you can avoid common mistakes and have peace of mind knowing that you understand the documents that you sign.


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Lizzie Weakley

 About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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