Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Steps After the Purchase Contract is Accepted

Steps After the Purchase Contract is Accepted

From Contract to Closing a Home

The market is hot and that means lenders, home inspectors, appraisers and title companies are super busy and backlogged. If you are selling your home in Clarksville TN, once the contract is signed more work begins. The contract is used as he road map to the closing and should be explicit and clear as to the agreement between the buyer and seller. It is taking a minimum of 30 days to get homes closed if a new loan is part of the financing package. It may be better to allow 45 days to get the home closed. If it is a cash sale it can be done as quickly as a week to 10 days.

The title search is ordered early in the process by the lender to make sure the title is clear and there are no roadblocks that need straightening out.

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The sellers agent will stay on top of the process making sure all is moving according to schedule. The lender and title company will be working behind the scenes but there is work for the seller's agent to coordinate as well.

  1. Buyer applies for loan. Most lenders in Clarksville TN require an upfront application fee be paid to cover the cost of the appraisal. This is several hundred dollars. The lender will gather information from the buyer and information on the property to order the appraisal.
  2. The buyer picks a home inspector and orders and pays for the home inspection. Though it is not mandatory the buyer have one 95% of the time they want one. If the contracts states there is an inspection contingency they the buyer has a window to negotiate repairs with teh seller, accept the home with no repairs or terminate the contract.

  3. it is not mandatory that a seller fix anything and buyers need to be aware this is totally negotiable. If the proeprty is bought as is, the home inspection is for informational purposes only.

  4. Behind the scenes the lender is working on the loan and verification and needed information from the buyer. The appraisal has been ordered.

  5. The lender continues processing the loan. The buyer should fully cooperate by providing any documentation requested

  6. Buyers secure their homeowners insurance to have ready for the closing. If a home warranty is part of the sale the order is placed and ready to begin on closing day.

  7. The seller's job is to maintain the property and finalize moving plans. The seller provide payoff information to the title company and completes any requested/negotiated repairs. the title company will need a forwarding address, contact phone numbers and social security numbers of the sellers. It is best to talk directly with a representative of the title company and not send this information via email that could be intercepted. 

  8. A final walk through is done by the buyer so the buyer can check out the house before the closing takes place. This is to see if the home is in the same condition or better than when the contract was signed.

  9. Loan approval is the final step and when the underwriter signs off on the loan. The closing disclosure is sent to the buyers 3 days prior to closing to comply with the law. Closing time is coordinated through the title company to accommodate both parties. Monies needed for closing are wired to the title company. Talk directly with the title company to get routing information. Do not respond to an email request to wire funds but verify directly with the title company by phone. They do not take personal checks or cashiers checks.
  10. Closing day is when papers are signed and title passes to the buyer.  The keys are passed, utilities transferred and buyer gets possession of the property.

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It is important to stay on track and be moving toward the closing according to the language in the contract.


When you need a Clarksville TN Real Estate agent to guide you through the selling process, give me a call. Contact Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730 or click on this link to start the process.

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Clarksville, TN 37040

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Comment balloon 9 commentsDebbie Reynolds • June 14 2018 02:52AM


This is good information for home buyers. I hope they will read this post and learn.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago

Good morning Debbie. The real work begins once a contract is executed. Most consumers have no clue! Enjoy your day.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 9 months ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

I agree with Wayne Martin  the real work begins once the contract is accepted and executed and receipted. That is where deals fall apart because crucial guidelines and follow up is often off an agents radar.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 9 months ago

Good Morning, Debbie, Yes Indeed, I agree with you! homeowners must read this too. Thanks for Sharing and Have a Nice Day!

Posted by James Grant 9 months ago

Great post... buyers often don't realize how much has to happen once a contract is signed and how much also has to happen behind the scenes to get to the closing table. Your point #3 is one that is always a difficult message for buyers to absorb.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 9 months ago

Debbie, great list for buyers to understand the process in Clarksville.    Our last couple of weeks is quiet, but the lender is working miracles with the file.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 9 months ago

Good morning Debbie - there are so many steps and the loans snag things.  Our mortgage loan officer spoke of this at our BNI this morning.  Fortunately, he gets it done quickly because processors and underwriters are in his location.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 months ago

Debbie good job in providing a quick snap shot this process.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 9 months ago

This is important information to share with prospective home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago