By Lydia Blair
When signing documents for a home sale or purchase, the numbers are figured to the penny and the signatures are scrutinized to the letter. Quite a volume and variety of paperwork is involved. Signatures and initials are required on deeds, disclosures, waivers, affidavits, notes, supplementary lender and title company documents, and other miscellaneous papers.
Real Estate closings involve getting “wet signatures.” That means papers are physically signed in ink, in person, by hand. Remember something called cursive writing? That’s what we’re talking about. Documents must be witnessed and signed by a notary as well.
Both buyers and sellers must sign in a very specific way. The seller’s signature must exactly match the legal name that the property is vested in. Buyer signatures must comply with their lender’s instructions. Most signatures must match either the lender documents, the driver’s license, the recorded documents, or however the title company wants it.