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Field Guide to Sales Closings

(Updated August 2013)

A real estate closing is a complicated process that can be managed smoothly for all involved. Find out the best ways to organize a trouble-free closing, tips for REALTORS® and homebuyers, and much more in these books, videos and articles. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)


Closing Questions Your Buyers Should Ask 

  • When should I schedule my pre-closing inspection?
  • What is a title search?
  • What are my closing costs likely to be?
  • Who should attend the closing?
  • What do I need to bring to the closing?
  • What should I get from the sellers at closing?

Source: 100 questions every home seller should ask with answers from top brokers around the country, (New York, NY: Times Books, 1995). HD 1341 G45q


Sales Closing Tips

What to expect at the closing table, (Bankrate, Jan. 29, 2013).

2013 Closing Costs Survey, (Bankrate,  2013).

The scoop on closing costs, (Realty Times, June 5, 2012).

How to calculate closing costs, (wikihow.com, Apr. 22, 2012).

Closing the deal: what your buyers need to know, (Real Estate Communities, Feb. 15, 2012).

Steps to a cakewalk closing, (The New York Times, Apr. 27, 2011).


eBooks & Other Resources

eBooks.realtor.org

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Close Like a Pro, (OverDrive WMA Audiobook, OverDrive MP3 Audiobook)

Closing the Deal, (OverDrive WMA Audiobook, OverDrive MP3 Audiobook)

Home Closing Checklist (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Home closing checklist, (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004). HD 259 Ir1

100 questions every first-time home seller should ask: with answers from top brokers around the country, (New York, NY: Times Books, 1995). HD 1341 G45q

Close for success: the key to real estate, (Chicago, IL: Longman Financial Services, 1988). HF 5438 L84

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