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Contract to Closing

CONTRACT TO CLOSING

It’s both exciting and stressful negotiating a real estate purchase contract. Once the sellers sign it, buyers can relax a bit, but Simply Smart Realty Group can’t. There are still more negotiations, document deliveries, inspections, title details and mortgage tasks to be accomplished to reach a successful closing and walk away with the keys to your new real estate property.

There are more than 50 specific due dates and tasks on our average transaction checklist, but an overview of a few includes:

  • Post contract delivery of documents to the title company and ordering of a title binder or commitment.
  • Deposit of earnest money and delivery of receipt to the buyer client.
  • Helping our buyers to order inspections and coordinating them and providing access to assure they’re completed on time.
  • Coordinating timely delivery of any documents objecting to disclosures, inspection results, or title binder issues discovered.
  • Coordinating appraisal and appraiser access.
  • Working with a mortgage company and coordinating the delivery of documents they require.
  • Assisting our buyers with any negotiations related to contingencies, inspections or documents.
  • Constant monitoring of the status of all processes at the title company.

There are a number of companies and people involved in a real estate transaction, including attornies, surveyors, appraiser, title company, mortgage broker, lender, loan underwriter, both agents, and possibly others. Each has specific duties and requirements, and each is concentrating on doing a good job for you. However, their focus is narrow, targeted on their specific niche in the deal. As your buyer agent, we’re your “go-to” resource to bring it all together. We’re here to coordinate the activities of all of these companies and people for you.

We’re constantly monitoring those 50+ document delivery items and the work done by these people. Daily we check the progress against contractual deadlines and act on our project requirements. A lot of this activity goes on behind the scenes, and you’re not even bothered. Some of it requires that we contact you and request documents or actions. Please understand that our overriding goal is a smooth transaction, and getting you through meeting all deadlines is one of our jobs. We’ll only bother you when necessary, telling you what we need and when, and moving you through to a successful closing.

There is a lot more, but those are the highlights, and many sub–tasks are related to each of them. Simply Smart Realty Group is obsessed with proper follow–up and detailed coordination of every step of the closing process for our buyer clients. It’s critical that we make all deadlines and keep the transaction on track to avoid defaulting on any terms of the contract. We’ll keep your real estate transaction on track, and you’ll have the time and advice you need to ensure you’ve covered all of the bases before closing.

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We worked with Stephaine Ziemann when we recently sold our home. She was always available for a quick question and solid advice. Very knowledgeable about the real estate business. We trusted her input and expertise. The buyers also didn't use an agent so with neither side represented in the traditional sense, partnering with Stephanie helped us navigate the process, stay on track with our timelines and get to the closing table effectively. Stephanie also gave us names of companies for estimates on repairs needed. I would recommend Stephanie. Flat fee brokers are the way to go. Very fair fees and it allows for competitive pricing of homes without having to take into account a potential 6% extra costs to selling a home. Gwyn Garner
Stephanie was easy to work with and ended up making me $28,000 more than I thought I would. "Thank You", Stephanie! Jace Wainwright
We chose Stephanie because she has a discounted price for selling a home and my wife and I thought giving up a standard 6% ownership stake in our hard earned equity was a rip-off. Other brokers charging this promised more and said "You Get What You Pay For". That is nothing but a pile of hogwash because with Stephanie we got more than we paid for. I have owned far too much real estate in my life and used countless brokers charging me the full rate. Not one of them performed and went out of their way to get things done the way Stephanie did for us, including repairs and actually paying for one while we were traveling. Plus I used to be a licensed agent in Hawaii for 7 years, and know first hand that sellers get nothing more for their money using a broker charging 6%. If you can get a huge discount (in our case $8000) and superior service 2nd to none, it makes no sense to use anyone else. Unless you just don't like saving a pile of money! Larry Clutter
Simply Smart is the best way/value for selling houses. Stephanie has the experience to help someone new or the experienced write up a listing, advice on the photo shoot and pricing. I have saved well over $100,000 using her services. Yes I have to deal with the buying realtors but in a way it is in my best interest. Simply Smart is the best. Mike Scobee
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