These timing issues make it important to complete your paperwork and have it fully reviewed by all parties well before you get to the closing table. NAR recommends you give yourself a seven-day cushion before closing to get everything done. To that end, make sure buyers have seen the paperwork at least a week before a scheduled closing and that sellers do nothing at the last minute that could derail a transaction, like removing a light fixture that they agreed in the sales contract to leave in the house (see related story). You’ll also want to schedule the buyer’s walk-through well before the closing date so if anything is amiss, issues can be worked out well before the closing.
Given the possibility of changes triggering another waiting period or a last-minute change requiring lender approval, you should assume it will take an additional 15 days to complete a closing, NAR analysts say. That means if closings in your state typically take 30 days, allow 45 days. Over time, as the industry adjusts to the changes, those additional days might no longer be necessary. But for now, plan for a longer process.
Reprinted from realtormag.realtor.org, May 2015, with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright May 2015. All rights reserved. realtormag.realtor.org