5 Essential Tasks Of A Real Estate Closing Attorney

by | Jul 28, 2016 | Real Estate Closing

Whether you are buying or selling real estate, it is important to have an attorney for your real estate closing.  A real estate attorney ensures that everyone understands the complex legal process that real estate closings are, and that everything is above board. In order to better protect consumers during the closing process, South Carolina requires many aspects of a real estate purchase and refinance closing to be completed under the supervision of an attorney. For a more specific picture of what exactly a real estate attorney does during real estate closings, read on below.

Title Examination

A clear property title is essential for the buyer and lender in a real estate closing. Once the purchase agreement has been received, we can begin examining the title. For the sake of the buyer, we will evaluate the restrictions, encroachments, easements, and whether the title clearly allows the seller to transfer it to the buyer. We will then identify if there are existing mortgages on the property that must be satisfied in order to transfer the title over. For the sake of the lender, we will create an overview of any judgments, mortgages, or liens in existence that must be settled before closing. Any concerns about the status of the title are addressed during this process.

Title Insurance

Title insurance is important because if there is a problem with the title in the future, it protects the buyer and the lender. After the title examination, your real estate attorney from De Bruin Law Firm writes an opinion about the title for the title company so they can issue a title binder, which is necessary for obtaining title insurance. Title insurance is absolutely essential for the lender because they must assure that it is in the first lien position of the property, but it is optional for the buyer. However, it is best to go through with title insurance, given that it is relatively inexpensive and protects the buyer’s rights to the property.

Coordination

The real estate closing attorney also coordinates all of the parties involved in the closing. This means that the attorney must communicate with the buyer, seller, and lender, and any additional players, such as brokers, surveyors, the homeowner’s insurance company, home inspectors, contractors, homeowners’ associations, and more. The closing attorney must coordinate all of these parties in order to ensure that the closing occurs in a timely manner. Throughout the entire process, the closing attorney is necessary for communication, but is especially crucial when preparing the settlement statement and when confirming the dates and amounts of money needed for closing.

Review Of Documents

The day of closing, the real estate closing attorney must be present to go over the various documents. The closing attorney can offer explanations for any confusing documents, such as the deed, settlement statement, and loan documentation.

Record And Disbursement Of Funds

Finally the closing attorney must close the transaction and distribute all the funds. After reviewing all the documents, the real estate closing attorney will make a final review of the title and deed, then issue the final opinion on the title and pay the title company. The closing attorney will then distribute all of the funds in the transaction, such as brokerage fees, county taxes, homeowner’s insurance premiums, inspection fees, seller’s proceeds, and the attorney fees.

Clearly, a real estate attorney is essential for a real estate closing. When you need a real estate attorney to help you buy or sell real estate in South Carolina, De Bruin Law Firm has the experience you need. Contact us today.