Now that the title search is complete and you have your mortgage commitment signed, you are ready to set a closing date.
When setting a closing date, there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, most people decide to close at the end of the month. The reason behind this desire is due to the fact that there is prepaid interest due at closing. This means that at closing, you are required to pay the interest for the month you are closing. The prepaid interest is calculated from the date you close until the end of that month. For example, if you close on the March 14th, you will pay interest from that date until March 31st. If you close on March 30th, you will pay interest until March 31st, or only one day’s worth of interest. Closing towards the end of the month will require less prepaid interest to be brought to the closing table.
It is also important to understand that your 1st mortgage payment will not be due until the 1st full month after your closing is complete. This means that is you close on March 14th, your 1st mortgage payment will not be due until May 1st.
Coordinating the date of your closing will take some planning. There are a few items to factor in. First, you want to make sure all parties can attend. Parties in a home purchase will include: the buyer’s attorney, the buyers, the seller’s attorney, the sellers, the bank’s attorney and the title company. All of these people will need to agree on a date, time and location. You also want to make sure to bring any necessary items. For instance, a necessary item could be a satisfaction of a judgment that which showed up on the title exam. Your attorney will let you know what these items will be, if any. You will also need a valid ID, such as your driver’s license or passport. Additionally, you may be asked to bring proof that your property taxes are paid (seller). Bank checks will also be needed for certain payments. You will be advised prior to closing on all of these conditions.
It is important to stay alert as well as patient during your closing. You want to make sure everything goes smoothly for all parties associated with this transaction. A closing can take several hours; so don’t expect to run in and out. Remember, this is probably the biggest purchase you will make in your life, so you want everything to be clear and understood.