9 things that can go wrong on closing day

Finally its closing day on your Boston condo for sale,  ahh you finally will close on that Boston Seaport condo you’ve been dreaming about. However, last minute twists seem to come out of nowhere with Boston condo sales involved. From signing refusals, to changes of heart, shifty lenders, to structural anomalies – knowing what to be prepared for at the eleventh hour is crucial to keeping control of the situation.

This list is not meant to dissuade you from buying or selling your dream Boston Seaport condo, only to give you perspective on very real possibilities that can arise during closing. Here are the top 9 things that can go wrong at the eleventh hour, and how to avoid them:

1. Misprints

Misprints and misspellings in the paperwork can take hours or days to correct. The devil is in the details. Go over all paperwork with clarity before the closing date.

2. Bank Problems

Timing issues with the bank could cause delays in sellers getting their money. Bring an alternate form of payment (like a certified check) to a closing meeting, or transfer closing fees early to avoid this last minute catastrophe.

3. Property Inspections

Failure to inspect the property beforehand can result in surprise damages and structural flaws greater than the buyer can afford. There is nothing worse than buying a dud. Give the property a final walkthrough the day before closing to make sure there aren’t any new structural damages from the seller’s move.

4. Missing Paperwork

Expedite and track the shipping for any documents you may have to send to the closing agent. You do not want to go into a closing meeting with missing documents slowly making their way through the mail. Call your agent the morning of a close to verify they have all the necessary paperwork.

5. Read, Re-read, and Read Again

Read every word in every document before you Sign it. You do not want to be stuck with extra fees or miss crucial resale information down the road. Sign documents only when you feel like you understand the terms.

6. Closing Costs

If closing costs cannot be paid due to financial hardship or refusal to pay, then it is back to square one.

7. Breach of Terms & Conditions

A seller may breach the terms and conditions for a sale, or otherwise may not show up to sign paperwork at a closing, either because they are travelling without an attorney-in-fact in place or just due to negligence.

8. Unforeseen Circumstances

Natural disasters and unexpected tragedies like floods and house fires have been known to occur before closing.

9. Lack of communication

Despite these unfortunate events, there is nothing that guarantees these bad things will or won’t happen. Get your affairs in order, keep in constant contact with your lender, the buyer, the seller, the agents involved, and inspect the property thoroughly before the final day of the sale. Ask friends or family to help you talk to your realtor and ensure a safe closing.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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