Beware of the In-Home Closing Price

by Francine D'Elia Wirsching on October 26, 2009

You may find it convenient to have someone come to your home with notary stamp in hand and a pile of papers for you to sign.  What you might not realize is:

  1. You may be charged a significant settlement fee – sometimes costing you several hundred dollars.  While the fee is allowable in Pennsylvania under certain circumstances, the borrower must be informed of the cost in advance.
  2. The “closer” may only be authorized to witness your signatures and not be able to describe or explain any of the documents.
  3. The notary might not have sufficient liability insurance coverage – leaving you out in the cold if they make a mistake.
  4. This person might not have any knowledge or experience in real estate closings – possibly causing errors or not noticing errors that may cause your appointment to be rescheduled.

While a number of individuals may identify themselves as “notary signing agents” or “certified signing agents” don’t be fooled – these are self-awarded titles and are not certified or recognized by any regulatory body.

Avoid the additional cost and increased risks of an at home closing by choosing a settlement service provider with local offices who offers closings using licensed title insurance agents.

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