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Managing the paperwork when buying a home

| May 25, 2021 | Residential Real Estate |

Buying a house is an exciting – and stressful – event, especially these days when homebuyers are finding they must be more aggressive when making offers.

The process can be somewhat chaotic and overwhelming, even after the seller accepts an offer. Once this happens, buyers and sellers can be inundated with paperwork that they may not understand. Before signing anything, parties should know what they are signing.

Documents to review before and at closing

You may have days or weeks to look at the various documents necessary to buy a house, even less time when you are sitting at the closing. In this environment, more often than not, people are eager to get the paperwork completed as soon as possible. 

This paperwork could include:

  • Financing documents like notes, deeds and loan applications
  • Purchase agreements
  • Inspection reports regarding the condition of the home and any issues
  • Appraisal documents
  • Disclosures from the buyer
  • Title documents

Rarely do individuals read and thoroughly understand every item on this list. Because of this, having legal support examine the paperwork and advise you of your options before you sign anything can be crucial.

Tips for avoiding complications and delays

When buying a home, the paperwork may be the least of your concerns. However, minimizing the importance of these documents can mean agreeing to undesirable terms or buying a problematic home. 

To avoid the various complications that can derail or delay the home buying process, buyers can heed a few tips. Prioritize the organization of these documents. Keep them together, digitally or physically in a file, and hold on to the pertinent information even after closing to give you peace of mind.

It can also be essential to consult professionals before signing anything. Buying a house is as much a legal commitment as it is a financial one, so it is crucial to know what you are agreeing to. Failure to do this could leave you paying for procedural oversights throughout the ownership of your home.