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The mortgage loan closing (or settlement) is the final step to official ownership of your new house. Even though you have a signed purchase contract and your loan request has been approved, you have no rights to the property, including access, until the legal title to the property is transferred to you and the loan is closed.

Every area of the country has its own unique closing customs. Your REALTOR® can guide you through this process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.

At closing, you will sign the mortgage loan documents and pay your closing costs, the seller will execute the deed to the property, and the closing agent will record the necessary instruments to give you legal ownership of the property.

Closing costs vary widely depending on your new home’s price, location and other factors. Overall, you can expect to pay between 1 and 3 percent of the sales price.

As soon as you receive your commitment letter from your lender, you should confirm the actual date of loan closing. Usually your real estate agent, lender and closing agent coordinate a date with you. You want to make sure that closing takes place before your loan commitment expires and before any rate lock agreement expires. The closing date also has to allow adequate time to assemble all of the required documentation.

There are standard documents and exhibits that are commonly required for a loan closing. Some of these will be your responsibility. Some of these will be the responsibility of other parties to the transaction, such as the seller and lender.

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