By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Some folks like a long, unhurried closing. Others prefer a quickie. Depending on who is involved, you could have either.

The closing process in our area typically takes about 30 days. Want to close sooner? How about in 2 to 7 days? It’s possible. I’ve done it a couple of times.

A quick closing takes some fast action from the buyer, the seller, and their title company. Some diligent effort needs to come from everyone to make it happen.

If you’re looking for a quick closing, follow these six steps:

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Background Checks

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

When buying or selling a home, get ready to reveal some private details through background checks. We’re going to pry, inspect, confirm, clarify, authenticate, and document a lot about you, your finances, and the property. Some of the surprises we unearth would shock your mother, but maybe not your banker.

Just how deep do the folks involved in your transaction probe? Well, there isn’t any kind of testing that involves getting ink on your fingers or peeing in a cup. Nor do we care about your driving record, your education level, your health, or your résumé.

But we will start with requiring your Social Security number and date of birth. We’ll also need to know your past and present marital status, and where you plan to reside after the sale.

As a seller, we’ll run a search of both your name and the property. When something unexpected pops up, like an Abstract of Judgement, a tax debt, or a couple of child support liens, we’ll tell you. This would be the time to ensure your spouse is aware of it as well.

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