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Is there a way for me to close on my new home without being present at the closing?

I live 2000 miles away.  I will be busy coordinating my move.  I want to avoid flying in for the closing and then flying back home again for my move.  Seems there should be a responsible way to get around being present.
  • April 28 2013 - Erie
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In my state title companies are not used. Real Estate Attorneys are used instead.  When a buyer or seller cannot make it to the closing they will give a limited Power of Attorney to the attorney representing them. 
  • May 07 2013
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Its called a remote closing.  I just had one last week and will have another this week. 
Talk with your Realtor or Title company where the close will be they will arrange to have a closer for you in the state that your in come to your home or have you come to a remote closing location where you live for you to sign.  The package is sent back one day for the closing in the state your closing in. 
Very simple process.  Just all parties have to co-ordinate
  • May 07 2013
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Yes, in most cases, if your speak with your realtor and closing title agent, they can coordinate to mail away all documents along with instructions (signature may have to acknowledged by a Notary.....) Plan ahead, additional time is needed prior to closing.
  • May 07 2013
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We just closed and didn't fly there. We told our attorney, she made it happen, overnight mailing the paperwork. Based on which state the subject property is, some states use attorneys, some not, so whoever handle the transaction, would handle it.   
  • May 06 2013
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I have done it this way before, but it makes a difference if it is cash or mortgage. If it's a cash deal -- easy! Contact your closing office for help. If you have a mortgage you'll have a lot of paperwork to fill out and the lender may or may not help you do this from a distance. 
  • May 06 2013
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Definitely.  Your closer will easily be able to handle this for you.  It could take an extra few days to fund so prepare accordingly.

Congrats on your new place!
  • April 29 2013
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When I sold my mother's home in AZ this last year, there was no need to fly out to 'close' in person, everything was conducted via the title company, the local notary, and FedEx.
  • April 29 2013
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In California, most purchases are completed with a notary that will travel to the buyer for signing of any loan documents that are needed.  Your lender or escrow office should be able to coordinate this no matter where in the US you are located.

All other purchase documents are easy enough to be processed by your agent for electronic signature (if they're up to speed on the latest technology).
  • April 28 2013
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Yes. Check with your Realtor and the title attorney. As already noted, you might pre-sign some documents. Another option is to e-sign--electronically sign--documents. And you can also give someone limited power of attorney to represent you at closing. (Your agent won't do it, but a relative or trusted friend is fine.)

Hope that helps.
  • April 28 2013
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You don't have to be present but it may take an extra day or two for the transaction to fund. Your title agency should be able to overnight or e-deliver the documents to a real estate notary that is local to you. No need to fly in for settlement. 
  • April 28 2013
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Check with your Agent or the Title company.  Here in Texas, I've had clients that have completed a Mail Out Closing.  
  • April 28 2013
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Depending on the state where you are purchasing the home, you may be able to pre-sign the purchase agreement. You may also be able to use a proxy to sign on your behalf.

Check with the agent and title company handling the transaction. They should be able to tell you what options are available to you.
  • April 28 2013
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