Field Guide to Real Estate Closings

(Updated August 2014)

A real estate closing is a complicated process that can be managed smoothly for all involved. Find out the best ways to organize a trouble-free closing, tips for REALTORS® and homebuyers, and much more in these books, videos and articles. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)

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Closing Questions Your Buyers Should Ask 

  • When should I schedule my pre-closing inspection?
  • What is a title search?
  • What are my closing costs likely to be?
  • Who should attend the closing?
  • What do I need to bring to the closing?
  • What should I get from the sellers at closing?

Source: 100 questions every home seller should ask with answers from top brokers around the country, (New York, NY: Times Books, 1995). HD 1341 G45q

Real Estate Closings Tips

Take time to read through the sale and closing documents, (Realty Times, Aug. 7, 2014).

Closings costs: states ranked, (Bankrate, Aug. 4, 2014).

Settlement tips for sellers, (®, n.d.).

Give a closing gift everyone can use, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2014).

Sharing closing costs, (®, n.d.).

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying and Selling a Home (Kindle, Adobe PDF eBook)

Home Closing Checklist (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Home closing checklist, (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004). HD 259 Ir1

100 questions every first-time home seller should ask: with answers from top brokers around the country, (New York, NY: Times Books, 1995). HD 1341 G45q
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