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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

In my entire career I've only missed two closings. One, while recuperating from surgery, the other because it had been rescheduled last minute and I was already attending another closing. In both instances, I sent my husband to represent me as he has a broker's license as well.

Mar 30, 2016 09:50 PM
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2,952,156
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I've either hired someone from my office to sit it as I did last fall when I was out of state for my brother's funeral, or today there's a unique circumstance.  FSBO seller and I have the buyers.  Mr. FSBO is furious at me and the final walkthrough last night was less than pleasant.  Among other things he's irked at is he realizes he's paid someone to negotiate AGAINST him and he can't stand it.  He's made it clear he'll never deal with an agent again and wishes he hadn't this time.  So in the interest of not poking the bear any further, my buyer and I have agreed I'll be in my car in the title company parking lot and if buyer needs me he'll text me.  The likelihood of a smoother closing go up significantly in this case without my physical presence.    And for what it's worth, I didn't do anything even remotely sketchy, but turns out he didn't know as much as he thought he did so he's paying for that lack of knowledge.

Mar 30, 2016 11:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,715,027
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I don't recall ever not attending a closing.  Our title people were awesome. We always scheduled when everyone could be there.  I do recall one year when I was heading out on vacation and getting an offer on a listing the first day out. I managed the entire transaction remotely.   I got back into town one hour before closing.  Score!

Mar 31, 2016 12:54 AM
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1,576,005
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

In 16+ years I've never missed one.

Mar 30, 2016 10:34 PM
Rainmaker
6,540,544
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Use a trusted title company to cover for you. 

Mar 30, 2016 10:31 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,485
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Agents don't attend closings in our province.

Mar 30, 2016 10:08 PM
Rainmaker
3,321,246
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Not an option, I always attend. It is what we work so hard to get to. My clients derserve me being there

Mar 30, 2016 09:53 PM
Rainmaker
4,433,583
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have requested another agent to attend it when  I was away.

Mar 30, 2016 09:41 PM
Rainmaker
2,020,150
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Rare, but I send a Team member

Mar 30, 2016 09:33 PM
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5,357,189
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

My agent skips more of these than I would like him to, but we get by.

May 16, 2017 11:18 PM
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1,616,354
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

review settlement statement and make sure all repairs have been completed

Apr 14, 2017 06:02 AM
Rainmaker
1,280,348
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I ask another trusted agent to stand in for me.

Sep 30, 2016 03:22 AM
Rainmaker
4,882,867
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

If I cannot attend, have to have someone there, but have to sign in advance.  

Apr 02, 2016 12:41 AM
Rainmaker
597,069
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

My trusty broker associate Kim Gaston attends for me if needed and vice versa.

Apr 01, 2016 07:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If I can't go, I can't go. Try to attend as many as possible!

Mar 31, 2016 10:01 PM
Rainmaker
2,707,268
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I will let you know if/when that ever happens!

Mar 31, 2016 02:50 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Happened only once.  My wife was a licensed agent; she attended for me.

Mar 31, 2016 02:12 PM
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4,312,753
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Frank Rubi - if I know it in advance, I let my clients know.

Actually, I need not attend the closings - I just prefer to attend.

Mar 31, 2016 01:51 PM
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1,771,405
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I ask the attorney I always recommend get me my check and statement. We are a team.

Mar 31, 2016 01:40 PM
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3,986,660
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have a closing tomorrow with a seller and cannot attend. I got the closing disclosure yesterday and went over every detail with the seller. They know I will be at a meeting all day and won't be able to attend but I have prepared them for what to expect and where to go and that I would check in with them by phone around closing time. These sellers have bought and sold many times. If they were new to it, I would have an associate go to be with them.

Mar 31, 2016 12:04 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have my broker go. 

Mar 31, 2016 12:01 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I have never missed a closing. Those events are scheduled. I control my schedule.  When out of state clients are signing ... I am on phone stand-by in case they have questions.  I always get a call asking a question ... the mobile notary does not know ... they only know sign here ... sign here ... sign here. 

Mar 31, 2016 11:56 AM
Rainmaker
1,683,350
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Someone from my office attends.

Mar 31, 2016 10:43 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

The title company will attend to the closing. If I cannot be there I will have my buyer or seller prepared ahead of time and let them know that they can reach me by phone if necessary. 

Mar 31, 2016 08:51 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,837
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have only missed3 closings I 9 years...had someone there in my place

Mar 31, 2016 08:37 AM
Rainmaker
660,007
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I have missed only two closings and one of them was today, I couldn't go for a important dr. app. but I was in communication with the title company and buyer by email, closing went smooth. 

Mar 31, 2016 08:34 AM
Rainmaker
420,785
Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
"I Stay Open Until You Close"

I have a colleague go.  In NY we have attorneys ahndle closings so I have asked the attorney to hold my check and closing statement for later pick-up.  

Mar 31, 2016 07:43 AM
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1,514,105
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I rarely attend, so there are no issues in that. No agent does in here, unless they want to. 

Mar 31, 2016 06:25 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,481
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't attend many closings where my customers are doing it by mail.  If they attend I will try to as well, but I'm not needed for the closing.

Mar 31, 2016 04:41 AM
Rainmaker
1,290,701
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Rarely occurs, but if it should ... I make sure my Borrowers know I'm only a phone call away.  Would have to be pretty unusual circumstances for me to not be there personally .. or unable to answer a phone call during Closing time ... during those rare occassions that I don't attend, Frank Rubi

Gene

Mar 31, 2016 03:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I will always have one of my agents there to attend the closing.

Mar 31, 2016 03:29 AM
Rainmaker
3,967,584
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have one of my agents take my place.

 

Mar 31, 2016 03:15 AM
Rainmaker
1,380,183
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Closing doesn't happen like that out here.  Escrow handles all the paperwork.  Often the seller's agent will give the keys to the buyer's agent (or buyers) when they remove the keysafe. No closing table involved in Cali.

Mar 31, 2016 02:41 AM
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77,119
Sandra Steele
Wise Choice Properties, Sedona/Verde Valley Branch - Cottonwood, AZ
Integrity, Knowledge - 37 Years of Experience!!!

It is not wise to attend the closing at the title company.  I tell my clients that I do not attend closings but if they want me there. I will be there.

Mar 31, 2016 01:57 AM
Rainer
215,563
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Delegate.  I always make sure the attorney has everything before the closing; in case I am in accident or some other issue delaying my attendance.  You never know when you could be stuck in traffic, etc.. Attorneys always appreciate the preparedness.

Mar 31, 2016 01:29 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's a non-issue here. We don't have a closing where everyone sits around the table - recording is done at the records office, we are notified, and buyers get the keys. Buyers and sellers could be anywhere.

Back in New England where we DID have sit down closings I never missed one

Mar 31, 2016 01:14 AM
Rainmaker
4,059,091
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It's rarer for me to attend a closing than not.  

Mar 31, 2016 12:59 AM
Rainmaker
443,970
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
Realtor/Broker

If I can't attend, I send another agent from my office and pay them $50 to represent me.  For one problematic closing, I drove back from the mountains, 3 hrs. each way.  

Mar 31, 2016 12:42 AM
Rainmaker
845,920
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Try to do as much as possible ahead of time. Hopefuly you have a title attorney/company that can be trusted. Other option would be to pay another agent in the office to cover for you, or possibly broker could attend.

Mar 31, 2016 12:34 AM
Rainmaker
1,716,018
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I tell them, seller or buyer, the reasons. Then have the closer call me when the check is ready to be picked up with HUD.

Mar 31, 2016 12:11 AM
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43,931
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

That is when my husband and co Realtor step in. We never miss a closing between the two of us.

Mar 31, 2016 12:09 AM
Rainmaker
5,571,310
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

all of our sellers have an attorney who sits by theirs side.... I rarely went to a closing....all of mine were new construction for the last 10 years of being active.... all of the upgrades were paid in full at the final walk through.... everything was signed off....the punch list was acknowledged in writing by both the buyers and the builder.....there was nothing for me to do at any closing.

Mar 31, 2016 12:03 AM
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318,613
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I recently had a closing I couldn't attend. My seller rescheduled, this was my first to miss. I kept in communication with the title company.  Stopped by and personally thanked them for working with my client that afternoon.  

Mar 30, 2016 11:50 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

There has only been two.  One I was at a conference and someone else from my office attended for me.  The other was the morning that my daughter and son totaled a car on the way to school and I apologized to my client by phone as I rushed to the hospital to be wtih my children and the listing agent explained where I was.  My daughter was in surgery and it was okay I missed the closing.

Mar 30, 2016 11:43 PM
Rainmaker
3,069,934
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Typically there is nothing to attend.  Title and escrow handle doc signing - often using a mobile notary to go to clients preferred location for signing, and then recordation... 

Mar 30, 2016 11:18 PM
Rainmaker
1,456,727
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Frank Rubi I've always made sure I will attend. I saved many a deals by being in attendance.

Mar 30, 2016 11:10 PM
Rainmaker
468,799
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

In our area I would say less than half of agents attend closings. Escrow officer handles it. I make to most of mine. When I can't, it's not a worry for me as I work with same escrow people for years and years and have 100% confidence in their abilities.

Mar 30, 2016 11:06 PM
Rainmaker
140,495
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Passionate about helping others achieve success!

I do my best, but on the occasions I knew I was not going to make it I offered to send someone, otherwise told them I would be available via phone for any issues.

Mar 30, 2016 11:05 PM
Rainmaker
2,634,031
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Set that up ahead of time....

Mar 30, 2016 10:58 PM
Rainmaker
795,232
Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
The Michelle Thomas Team

I always attend, but if I can't in the future I have associates who would cover for me, as I would them.

Mar 30, 2016 10:49 PM
Rainmaker
872,265
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
BRIX REALTY -DESTIN

I have never missed on if it was a local vs a mail out. 

Mar 30, 2016 10:39 PM
Rainmaker
1,027,385
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I work with another agent, so one of us always attends, although if neither of us could, we would have another associate be there in our place.

Mar 30, 2016 10:35 PM
Rainmaker
3,995,106
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would have an associate be there.

Mar 30, 2016 10:31 PM