Why timing matters for real estate closings

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2023 | Real Estate Closings

When it comes to buying or selling a home in Georgia, timing can make or break the deal. Real estate transactions involve multiple steps such as closing, and the timing of these steps can significantly impact the outcome.

One thing to remember is that the real estate market is dynamic and subject to constant change. Prices can fluctuate, interest rates can rise or fall and demand can vary depending on the time of year.

Market conditions

Timing your real estate closing to align with favorable market conditions can save you money or help you secure a better deal. For example, buying when interest rates are low can result in lower monthly mortgage payments.

Coordination with other parties

Real estate transactions involve various parties, including buyers, sellers, lenders, inspectors and appraisers. Coordinating the schedules and availability of all these parties can be challenging. Delays in any part of the process can have a domino effect, potentially pushing the closing date further into the future. Being mindful of the timing of inspections, appraisals and financing approvals keeps the transaction on track.

Availability of funds

In Georgia, typical closing costs are about 1.3% of a house’s sale price. Buyers and sellers rely on the availability of funds to complete the transaction. Ensuring that funds are accessible on or before the closing date is vital. Delays in fund availability can lead to delays in closing, causing inconvenience and potential complications for both parties.

Contingencies and deadlines

Real estate contracts often include contingencies and deadlines to meet before closing. These contingencies may involve inspections, repairs or financing approvals. Failing to meet these deadlines can result in the cancellation of the contract or penalties for the party responsible. Timely execution of these contingencies is essential to ensure a smooth closing process.

Real estate transactions are also subject to various legal and regulatory requirements. These requirements may include title searches, zoning approvals and compliance with local ordinances. Failing to meet these legal and regulatory obligations within the specified timeframe can result in delays and additional costs.