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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Buyers and sellers sign seperately. That way, no one going over the table to shake someone's neck...er I mean hand before all paperwork is signed.

I do attend all closings across the state, it's the least I can do for clients.

Feb 24, 2020 09:16 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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When possible we all attend, first we meet separately, then together, if all goes well then a bonding party type atmosphere is achieved by the end of the day.

Feb 24, 2020 11:10 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

The "closing table" does not exist in my Southern California market.  Roll is not taken nor seat assignments arranged.  If participants want to put down their heads for a "time out" I am sure that might be appreciated by some.  

Feb 24, 2020 09:35 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Both agents usually attend our closings Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate . The title company usually works with the Sellers 1st and then they go wait in the waiting room when the Buyers sign. After each party has had their turn the closing agent hands out the checks, everyone shakes hands, keys are exchanged, and everyone is happy .

Feb 24, 2020 12:14 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

In most of the closings in our area - no.

Sellers have their attorney and documents from the sellers send directly to the title company. 

I don't remember "traditional" closing. :) 

Feb 24, 2020 09:24 AM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
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99.9% of the time buyers and sellers sign separately and I always attend to closings. 

Feb 24, 2020 05:45 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Pretty close to the same as you only it doesn't matter if buyer sits on attorney's right or left.  When I am present I always get their early and chose the side of the table that faces the door because I DO NOT sit with my back to the door.  And as a general rule we also have the buyer's lender at closing.  All of our local lenders attend.

Feb 24, 2020 01:36 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Yes the whole gang can come but rarely do.

We have a seating order - sellers attorney at head of table with sellers right next to him/her. They are closest to title officer.

Buyer & their attorney are hardly ever offered a seat (lol). Across the table from the seller. Agents can sit on their specific sides if there is enough chairs.

I guess it's like a church at a wedding - brides side & the grooms side.

Feb 24, 2020 11:47 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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We attend together, although lately, we've had a lot of mail-aways.

I always attend Closing but, not all agents do. I also bring the lead assistant with me as they have fun meeting the clients that they've worked behind the scenes for.

The attorney sits at the head of the table, flanked by the buyers & sellers. The good lenders attend and we fill in seats wherever (no set 'seating' for agents & lenders). 

Feb 24, 2020 03:52 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Usually all parties come to closing in Denver too.   Whoever gets there first gets to choose which side of the table, but the closer always sits at the head of the table.   If the lender shows up, they sit at the other end of the table.

Feb 24, 2020 02:33 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Many sellers choose to sign in advance. Buyers generally attend as they need to sign mortgage papers. We in CT are an attorney state, so closings typically happen at sellers' attorney's office (who also drafts the contract). The buyer's attorney is present as well and typically represents the lending bank (in NY State, lawyers consider that a conflict of interest and will not do it, so a bank attorney is also present). There are no other closers in the room. Usually agents are invited into the closing, but not always (rude!).  Seating arrangements are not rigid.

Feb 24, 2020 10:47 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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all of our clients have an attorney by their side from step one and through the closing completion.... we don't go.....they're always welcome to use our office or the atty's office.....they go to the registry of deeds to close is they're close enough...

Feb 24, 2020 10:23 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It been ages since I've participated in the group anarchy. Too many 'special intest' real estate agents where showing up with their rescue dogs, raccoons, opossums and armadillos. Somehow these ding-bats gave no regard to the result if someone else brought 'cuddly' the family pit-bull along.

Everyone signs separately. Buyer gets key from title agent when listing agent gives the green light.  

Feb 24, 2020 10:13 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

typcally yes, all attend, Buyer has the most documents so nearest the closer, no matter which side of the table, then spouse/partner, then agent typically.

Feb 24, 2020 10:06 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

In NH the buyer and seller attends closing. The good agents attend. The closer is at head of table and buyer on one side and seller on the other. 

Feb 24, 2020 09:34 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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In NY, everyone attends. The buyer, seller, buyer's agent, seller's agent, buyer's attorney, seller's attorney, title company, bank attorney. The agents sat on the periphery somewhere since they are not important. The buyer attorney and buyers sat on one side. The sellers attorney and sellers on the other and the bank and title on opposite ends.

In MT, documents are signed separately and there is no big get-together.

I much prefer MT.

Feb 24, 2020 05:49 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Nope, none. We do not have "closings" here in CA.

Closing is:

  • seller signed long ago and separately
  • buyers-signing loan docs with a notary day 27/28
  • funding day 29
  • recording day 30
  • Handing the buyer keys and a closing gifts the evening of closing at the new home 90% of the time, elsewhere the other 10%.
Feb 24, 2020 04:43 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I go to large gatherings, I always look at the seating (if any) because it is revealing. In business, it can break or make a difference. In courtrooms, they practice deliberate seating to opposing sides....

Feb 24, 2020 10:20 AM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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I attend all closings. Buyers and buyer's agents on one side of the Title Attorney or settlement person. Sellers and seller agents on the other side of the attorney. Then I take my clients out to break bread...they chose the restaurant.

Feb 24, 2020 09:02 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred,

My California friend Michael Jacobs answered perfectly.  In commercial real estate both parties often attend, there are no seating arrangements...A

Feb 24, 2020 02:23 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Sometimes the seller presigns but typically all are present: each representative side on one side of the table or other, title company at the head and agents whereever they can fit. 

Feb 25, 2020 04:47 AM
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Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Your description above is exactly how we do it as well. 99.9% of the time the closings are fun for both sides.

Feb 25, 2020 04:39 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

No closing table in California but I would sit next to my client if there were.

Feb 24, 2020 07:57 PM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Seating protocol? 

Sure...as far away from the listing agent as I can. 

They all put on this fake persona for the buyer who they all schmooze...

Luckily, almost all of our deals are mail-away closings...or Mike goes.

Eve

Feb 25, 2020 11:09 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

We subscribe to the same basic setup with the "home" team (Seller) closest to the exit. I like a wider table that is not easy to reach across without some effort. There have been fisticuffs during a few closings which are reduced by adding this slight deviation to the table. An additional 12 to 18 inches is preferred.

Feb 25, 2020 10:02 AM
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Maggie Barnes
B&M Homes - Charleston, SC
Real estate service helping Charlestonians

Typically, as the buyer we do not attend closing unless our seller specifies that we do. Within the investing space we have found that the seller is split 50/50 where or not they attend. Some just like to pop in and collect a check and be on their way. Some are fine with a wire transfer. Some like to see our faces again and chat more. 

Feb 25, 2020 09:31 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Buyers and Sellers do not sign off together at the same time.  Both may choose to sign with a mobile notary.  Those that choose to sign at the title company, there is no seating protocol. I attend all sign-offs which is part of the closing process. No seating protocol.

Feb 25, 2020 09:10 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. No fixed seating protocol.

Feb 25, 2020 09:09 AM