By Sandy Gadow—As the seller who's sold your home and are getting ready to close on the sale, there are many things to consider. Here's a comprehensive list of important items to review and check off.

By Sandy Gadow—As the buyer who's bought a home and are getting ready to close on the sale, there are many things to consider. Here's a comprehensive list of important items to review and check off.

By Sandy Gadow—Whether buying or selling a home, you may encounter some terms you are not familiar with when speaking with your real estate agent, loan officer or signing agent. Here's a list of the basic terms you should understand.

By Sandy Gadow—When you sit down for your closing, whether it is at a title company, an escrow office, an attorney's office, or any other location, you will be asked to sign a number of documents. Among those documents will be your loan papers, if you are taking out a loan, which the lender submitted to your escrow or closing agent. Several of these documents you may be viewing for the first time. Can your escrow officer review these documents with you?

By Sandy Gadow—This summary is merely a general reference guide. Local practices within your city or county may differ. Contact a local title company or real estate attorney for specific information. This is not intended as legal advice, but merely as a general reference guide.