So you've found the perfect home, the seller has accepted your offer, and now you're just waiting for the mortgage to close before you wrap up the sale and take possession. It's time for the closing meeting.
But what does this meeting entail? And what do you need to prepare for it? Here's what you need to know.
The Day Prior: Walking Through The Property
24 hours before the closing meeting, you'll be given an opportunity to walk through the property and do a final inspection. During this inspection, you'll be able to look for any damage that may have occurred between contract and closing, which means you can negotiate repairs with the seller.
It can be a good idea to schedule your closing date around the 20th of the month, so that if you do find any problems during the walkthrough, you can address them before you take possession.
The Closing Meeting: Title Insurance, Contracts, And More
Typically, the mortgage closing and the home sale closing happen at the same time. During your closing meeting, you'll need to sign – and bring - a variety of documents in order to take possession of the home.
You'll want to ensure that you bring your good faith estimate, proof of homeowners insurance, contract, and inspection reports to this meeting.
You'll also want to bring any and all documents that you sent to your bank as part of the home buying process. At this meeting, you'll discuss the sale with the seller, the seller's agent, the representative from the title company, the closing agent, the lender, and any attorneys that may be present. By the end of the meeting, you'll receive a variety of documents, including a deed of trust or mortgage contract and a settlement statement.
You may also be required to sign a mortgage note, which is a note that states you intend to repay the mortgage loan. This note details the terms of your mortgage, including the amount of the loan and what action the lender is entitled to take if you miss payments.
A mortgage loan closing meeting doesn't have to be complicated. Although there's a lot that will happen at this meeting and there are a number of documents you'll need to bring, a qualified mortgage advisor can guide you through the process.