When the lender is ready to “close” your loan, or “fund” it, your real estate agent and your lender will have you sign the final loan documents. Signing will typically take place in front of a notary or an closing agent who works with the settlement company. Ask your lender if there is anything you need to do to prepare for this, such as bringing a photo ID. Allow yourself enough time to review the documents for accuracy.
|If funds are being wired: Almost all settlement companies will require you to wire your funds to them prior to closing. Due to fraud concerns, personal and even cashier’s checks are no longer acceptable. “Wiring instructions” direct the electronic transfer of money between financial companies. If possible, arrange to have the wiring instructions in place ahead of time and checked for accuracy by both the sender and recipient of the wire. It is critical that these instructions be exact, and even so, delays are all too common.|
Your lender will probably call you to confirm that the money has been transferred and the loan has closed. Always follow up with a phone call to confirm that your loan funds went where they were supposed to go. It is a good idea to keep records of this critical phase of the transaction once completed.