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What is a Real Estate Closing?

What is a Real Estate Closing?

Congratulations, you've found the perfect property and negotiated all the terms to your satisfaction. Now, it's time for the final step in the real estate transaction process: the closing. But what exactly is a real estate closing in Illinois and what is involved?

A real estate closing, also known as settlement or completion, is the culmination of a property sale or purchase. It's the point at which all parties involved in the transaction come together to finalize the deal and transfer ownership of the property from the seller to the buyer.

Key Components of a Real Estate Closing in Illinois:

  • Signing Documents: At the closing, both the buyer and seller, along with their respective real estate agents and attorneys, gather to sign a multitude of legal documents. These documents include the deed, mortgage or loan documents, title insurance policies, and various disclosures and agreements.


  • Transfer of Funds: The closing is when the buyer provides the necessary funds to purchase the property. This typically includes the down payment, closing costs, and any other fees associated with the transaction. The seller receives payment for the property, and any outstanding liens or mortgages on the property are paid off.


  • Title Transfer: One of the most critical aspects of the closing is the transfer of the property's title from the seller to the buyer. This is facilitated by a deed, which legally transfers ownership of the property. The deed is recorded with the appropriate government agency, such as the county clerk's office, to officially document the change in ownership.


  • Proration of Expenses: Certain expenses, such as property taxes and homeowners association fees, may be prorated between the buyer and seller based on the closing date. This ensures that each party pays their fair share of expenses incurred during their respective ownership periods.


  • Closing Disclosure Review: Prior to the closing, the buyer receives a Closing Disclosure, which outlines all the costs associated with the transaction. At the closing, the buyer has the opportunity to review this document to ensure that all the terms and fees are accurate and consistent with the loan estimate provided by the lender.

Why You Need an Illinois Real Estate Attorney at Closing:

While closings are intended to be the final step in the real estate transaction process, they can often be complex and overwhelming. Having a knowledgeable real estate attorney by your side during the closing can provide invaluable peace of mind and ensure that your interests are protected. From reviewing closing documents to addressing any last-minute issues that may arise, your attorney acts as your advocate throughout the process, guiding you every step of the way.

Contact Us:

At Fagan Fagan & Davis, we pride ourselves on providing expert legal guidance and representation throughout all aspects of real estate transactions, including closings. Whether you're buying or selling a property, our experienced attorneys are here to ensure a smooth and successful closing process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can assist you with your real estate needs.

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