Closing Day | Do you really need to be there?

06/22/23  |  Maria Cunneen

Remote Closing |

Remote closings, or closings by proxy, have been employed for longer than you think.  They became more popular during Covid.  Read below to learn how easy a  transaction can be especially during emotionally charged sales where closings can become stressful.

Does the seller have to be present at closing?

No, a seller does not have to be present at closing. Every state allows power of attorney to handle a home closing.

You do, however, need to prepare some things to make sure closing goes smoothly. To close successfully — whether you’ll be there in-person or not — you need the following items:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Keys, codes, or garage door openers to the property
  • Any other remotes or devices that control home systems
  • Any outstanding documents and paperwork your attorney or escrow agent instructs you to bring, such as a receipt showing completed repairs requested by the buyer
  • Cashier’s checks for closing costs and repair credits if you’ve agreed to cover a portion of the buyer’s closing costs.

Again, you don’t need to be present at the closing so it may be suitable to make a copy of your ID and provide your attorney or escrow agent with everything they need to close the sale.

Buyers and sellers don’t have to be in the same room for closing or even sign the paperwork on the same day. There can be two separate closings on two separate dates, in two separate places. If you’re a seller who has already moved out of state, you can have your paperwork notarized and mailed back, or sign the paperwork through an approved online portal (in states that allow it).

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