Special offer
Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC)

Spam prevention
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

I attend a new agent's first closing, after that no. I feel that they do not need me looking over their clients. I monitor all the files and do my best to see that everything go smoothly beforehand.




Jun 01, 2015 03:02 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

No not ever!  None of my broker ever came to closing.  I have only had one good broker in my 30 year real estate career.

Jun 01, 2015 02:04 AM
Bob Publicover
Publicover Realty Group, inc - Stuart, FL
Thinking outside the box

Interesting question Frank.

As an agent, I never had the broker attend my closings or anyone's closing in the office. I have worked with several companies, big brand names and smaller independents. 

As a Broker/ Owner, I have attended 2 closings at the agents request.

1. There was some hostility between the seller and buyer

2. New agent with first closing and she needed someone there in case help was needed.

I think some agents would feel uncomfortable with the Broker "looking over their shoulder", although I know that is not the intent.

Jun 01, 2015 01:17 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I am also an owner/broker. I attend ALL of my closings and reuire those agents that work for or with me, to attend theirs as well. You work hard to get a sale to work and must be there to see it through and support your client as well as answer their questions. 

Jun 01, 2015 12:37 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

No I would not have time to attend all the closings going on right now.  

Jun 01, 2015 12:19 AM
Jayne Meaut
Exit Allstar Realty - Mobile, AL
Graduate of Real Estate Institute

Goodness NO. My broker trusts me to perform my duties to my clients.

Jun 02, 2015 02:22 AM
Kunni Biener
First Class Title, Inc. - Rockville, MD

as a settlement attorney, I can tell you that when the Broker shows up along with the agent, I assume something is wrong. At best, it is a new agent, but more likely, some real problem.  If you do this, I sure hope you let the attorneys know in advance. I see a broker and I figure long, difficult settlement.

Jun 02, 2015 12:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I can't say I've ever had my broker attend a closing.  And, I'm not sure if I would want them to be there.

Jun 01, 2015 04:24 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

We don't have "closings" in my part of the world.  Everything is handled by the lawyers and never do the Realtors nor the buyers and sellers meet.  Makes for a smooth sailing to what might have been choppy waters!

Jun 01, 2015 02:54 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Never.  Our closings are not with an attorney and the buyers/sellers typically never meet.   

Jun 01, 2015 02:44 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Frank Rubi, MBA I did not attend closings when I was a broker other than my own.

Jun 01, 2015 12:38 AM
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

I attend my own, but my broker does not attend any of them. I would like to see the banker attend more - nice touch.

Jun 01, 2015 12:31 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Heck no. In fact, if closings take any longer, I won't be attending them soon. They're not getting faster or easier & there are always stupid problems.

Jun 02, 2015 06:00 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have never had any broker attend my closings (except once to fill in for me).

Jun 02, 2015 03:04 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

No.  I am the broker.  Most of the signings are not local.  I attend some, but not all.

Jun 02, 2015 01:59 AM
Michael Hinchliffe
The Bean Group - Georgetown, MA

Mine never does.  I'm in a bigger firm so it's not too realistic.  Great support up to the closing and checks paperwork, but the way they explained it was that the closing was our chance to cement a long-term relationship with our client, not the firm's chance to step in as a supervising entity.

Jun 02, 2015 12:45 AM
Nancy Pav
Century 21 Redwood Realty - Ashburn, VA
Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor

I like the idea of attending a new agent's first few closings but as an experienced agent I do not want or need my broker attending my closings.  Since they don't have a relationship with my client, I think it would be awkward.

Jun 01, 2015 11:57 PM
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR * Broker * Coach

My broker does not attend my closings. I think he trusts me to get the job done properly. 

Jun 01, 2015 11:46 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

None of my brokers ever came to closings, I wouldn't have wanted them there anyway.

Jun 01, 2015 08:19 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

With over 100 agents in our office, I don't see how my broker could attend everyone's closings. I doubt if most agents would want their broker there anyway. If it's a problem deal where agents is expecting problems, then maybe consult with broker about attending. Otherwise, just agents, buyers, sellers,  loan officer, and title officers need to be there.

Jun 01, 2015 02:09 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Wow, that is amazing.  No, my broker has not attended any of my closings but considering there are nearly 900 agents at Tierra Antigua Realty, not sure that is an option for my broker.  Heck, a lot of agents dont even attend their clients closings here!  I do :)

Jun 01, 2015 01:26 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Jeanne Feenick I know we are unique, but we do an above average amount of business. Both the Loan Officers and I attend all our closing in our market. I'm not saying this is the norm, just our practice.  

Jun 01, 2015 01:19 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think that is a very postive and supportive thing to do and the buyers and sellers have to think you care by taking your time to come see that all is fine.

Aug 20, 2016 06:39 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

I would change brokers/ companies if my broker attended my closings.  Technically they are the client of the company/ broker- but it is my relationship and my closing.

Jun 08, 2015 01:06 AM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

No, my Broker does not attend our closings. If he did, there would be no time for him to provide us with excellent training and educatinal classes as well as be available to answer questions from the 550+ Agents our company has. 

Jun 07, 2015 10:49 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Frank,

Until someone invents a good cloning system, the 72-hour day & a reliable transporter, I would not expect this to happen. Why bother with the routine & mundane, when there are so many fires to put out? I appreciate a pop-in, if we are at the same closing company, but no need to waste time on unproductive endeavors. Better to work on improving our office systems & processes.

Jun 06, 2015 03:30 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Our owner - broker...never attends the closings...

Jun 04, 2015 08:58 AM
Blake Russell
Sacramento, CA

Haven't had my broker at one of my closings in 30+ years. Unless it's a new agent you are training or tutoring, I assume you continue that practice as a part of your customer service theme?

Jun 02, 2015 09:58 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Nope he does not, I attend all my own closings

Jun 02, 2015 07:54 AM
Kevin Flinn
Platinum Realty LLC - Kansas City, MO

I question why I need to be there, let alone another person.  When I am dealing with investor clients I never go, they know what they are doing.  When dealing with a retail buyer I go so I can take some pictures so they can announce on Facebook they just bought a house.

Jun 02, 2015 06:36 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

There are over 100 agents in our office.  That would be a mighty busy broker.


Jun 02, 2015 05:54 AM
Kona Home Team (LUVA LLC) Lance Owens (RB-24133)
Kona Home Team (luva llc) - Kailua-Kona, HI
2024 Real Estate Expert - Hawaii Island

I dont know, I have never been to one :)  

Seriously though, so many of my buyers and sellers are on the mainland, I rarely attend closings. I have had several closings where I have never even met my client in person. So my final answer would be - NO


Jun 02, 2015 03:19 AM
Jim Miner
Miner Noh & Associates - Phoenix, AZ
Loan Modfication & Short Sale Specialist

Would not work for me, however, if it works for you down in Louisiana then I say, just keep on doing it. 

Jun 02, 2015 03:03 AM
Keith Whited
RE/MAX Gateway - Alexandria, VA

Say Whaaaat!?!??! With all the other duties of a good broker how do you find the time to do that. Other than for the first few closings of a new agent I wouldn't think that should be necessary. Personally, I would be offended if my broker thought it was necessary to attend any of my closings.

Jun 02, 2015 12:57 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I always introduce my Broker to my clients during the buying or selling process so, if he attends a closing, they are not uncomfortable by his presence. Yes, I've had my Broker attend closings and always welcomed the opportunity. 

Jun 02, 2015 12:42 AM
Theresa Akin

Only one time I asked my broker to be there because I was feeling really ill. She stated that as long as the documents were in order there was no reason for anyone to be there. I stated my clients were very young first time buyers. Spoke with the title company and I ended up being there vocally on speaker phone. I had a nasty fever and was on antibiotics. Better than nothing and I didn't contaminate anyone. Had a good closer who did a great job to make the buyers feel at ease.

Jun 02, 2015 12:33 AM
Lindsay Reagan, Realtor
Bowen Realty - Wellington, FL

I always attend my own closings but have not had my Broker attend. I have had the lender/loan officer attend though..thought it was a nice touch on his part.

Jun 02, 2015 12:28 AM
Ron Aguilar
Gateway Mortgage Group - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

Just make sure the escow agent and Lender are there, that will be the majority of questions at this stage, go back to work people!

Jun 02, 2015 12:28 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

As an agent, Broker Associate, I attend all my closings if logistically possible and I'm a very busy agent. I find it important to take that final step to be there for signing loan documents as often questions come up. I'm not there to answer loan questions but to make that call to the professional that can answer those questions. I would rather be there in person than to receive the call that something is holding up the closing.

Jun 01, 2015 11:56 PM
Bill Morrow
Keller Williams of Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
Bill Morrow, Associate Broker

In my entire career (including my first settlements) I have never had a broker/owner or manager attend a closing. It should certainly be part of the program for new licensees as well as newly transferred licensees. As an Associate Broker I attend initial listing appointments, Buyer Agency Interviews, Agreenment of Sale presentations, and Closings for agents that I personally mentor. Because of my close involvement with new agents that I mentor problems are at a minimum and most often don't arise.

Jun 01, 2015 11:53 PM
Christopher Baldwin, CRS
Carolina Elite Real Estate - Charleston, SC
"Selling Charleston and The Islands"

I can't imagine an agent not attending a closing as that is part of what they are being paid for. The Broker might attend random closings but surely couldn't attend all! To not represent your Client at closing, whether seller or buyer, is extremely unprofessional and irresponsible .

Jun 01, 2015 11:36 PM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

IF this is how you better service your business then I say do it, but as a broker my time is better spent working on the deals and not at the closings.  When you get to closing my work is done.

Jun 01, 2015 11:28 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Frank - I have never had a Broker attend a closing. I try to attend all of my clients closings, whether they are buyers or sellers. Typically the loan officer will attend the buyers closing. Buyers and sellers most often sign at different times, and many agents do not attend their clients closings here. 

Jun 01, 2015 10:05 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Not a one

Jun 01, 2015 09:31 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Our broker does not attend and neither did the 2 before him and the 2 others from other agencies.  We don't attend either.  If it's a financed deal they certainly do not want us privvy to their finances and if it's cash it closes quickly, quietly and usually over a fax machine and FedEx package.

Jun 01, 2015 07:30 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No. Over 90% of our closings are not on site, done remotely. But I review all the docs prior to that meeting and make sure I am available via phone/Skype for any questions.

Jun 01, 2015 04:38 AM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

My Broker does on some ot he closings, but not ll.  Usually if we feel there could be some issues popping up.

Jun 01, 2015 03:32 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

No - Buyers and Sellers sign separately in AZ

Feb 20, 2018 05:05 AM