Contract to Close

Congratulations On Your New Contract!

NOW THAT YOU’VE SELECTED A HOME, WE WILL NEED TO GET FROM CONTRACT TO CLOSE.

  • Make a note of your option period & closing date. During the option period, you may terminate the contract for any reason and receive an earnest money refund.
  • Your main points of contact will be your Bramlett Residential agent, your lender, and your escrow officer. You can always contact your agent with any questions regarding the transaction.
  • Review & sign the Seller’s Disclosure Notice. This document informs you of any repairs the seller has made or any deficiencies the seller is aware of.
  • If the property is serviced by Austin Energy, and is over 10 years old, we will typically receive an ECAD energy audit from the seller.
  • We will schedule your inspection as early as possible so that you can review any deficiencies the inspector finds. We always recommend that you attend your inspection walk through.
  • No property is perfect, so there is a good chance we will negotiate an amendment for repairs, or a credit for repairs. Take into account the age of the property and how the property was marketed. For example, a very new property should have relatively little necessary repairs, while a property built in the 50’s without major renovations is expected to have some acceptable deficiencies.
  • After we have negotiated any repairs or credits, we will instruct your lender to order the appraisal and to move forward with underwriting.
  • We will receive the survey within 3-5 days of contract or will order a new survey. We are able to object to deficiencies on the survey.
  • If there is a mandatory Home Owner’s Association, we will receive these documents within 5-10 days after contract and we will have 7 days to review and object to these documents.
  • At least a week prior to closing, you will need to secure homeowner’s insurance. We can refer a qualified agent to you, or you can contact the agency currently carrying your auto insurance.
  • Prior to closing, we will receive a title commitment. The seller must pass clear title at closing in order for the sale to close. This ensures that you, and only you, own your new home.
  • We will schedule closing at a convenient date and time for you, and the seller typically closes separately. If you cannot attend a closing in Austin, we will arrange a remote closing at a convenient location.
  • Make sure to turn on the utilities to your new home for the day of closing. You want to make sure you have hot water & electricity!
  • 2 to 3 days prior to closing, we will receive and review the ALTA Settlement Statement. This should match the Good Faith Estimate your lender provided you. If you would like to receive all closing documents prior to closing, please let your agent know, and we will take care of this request.
  • The day before, or the day of closing, we have the opportunity to perform a final walk through of the property.
  • Closing occurs at the title company and usually takes about an hour. Make sure to bring your driver’s license & either a cashier’s check or wire the required funds to title beforehand. If you cannot attend closing, please notify your agent ASAP so that we can arrange a remote closing or a Power of Attorney.
  • You will receive keys to your new property after the property has funded, unless otherwise dictated by the contract. Funding typically occurs 2-3 hours after the last party signs.

We are here for you during and after the entire Contract to Close process. Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to your agent or our office with any and all questions!

1600+ Client reviews!

Lesley M.

Craig is truly great at what he does. We first worked with him as our buyer’s agent when moving to the Austin area. This time around, we chose him to be our listing agent when we we relocating away from the area and we are glad we did. Craig was always available for followup regarding processes and questions we had-from listing all the way to closing day. He always made sure to keep us up to date with any information we needed. Craig has a great understanding of the market and is straightforward & honest, which we valued. I couldn’t sing his praises more.

Jody Price

Ann Nye is wonderful to work with. We started with reviewing the many homes Ann found on-line for us. She spent all day taking us to properties and then ended up with us looking at new builds. She stuck with us from the start of negotiations to the end with the final walk through. Her extra set of eyes was great cuz she caught things we missed. All this was done during COVID times and with us being from out of state she was very gracious! I highly recommend Ann Nye!

Srihari Padmanabhan

Tyson Hombroek from Bramlett residential did a fantastic job and I had a great home buying experience. He understood my requirements and set up searches and gave me unbiased feedback on the properties , like how fiduciary does. He also understood that time is of the essence when it comes to finding property information such as surveys, plat map etc from the seller agent and writing offers. He met with me two times and even though I am purchasing the property from out of state I felt very comfortable about the area by leaning on his expertise. Overall very professional and nice to work with.

Chad Ryder

As a first time homebuyer, Lauren Yoder was the perfect agent to work with. She was always available to jump on a call and answer any questions I had about the process. Even though I was buying in a tough market, I never felt pressured to make offers I didn’t feel comfortable with. Lauren’s curated searches made it incredibly easy to find great properties, and her knowledge of things to look for, and avoid, in a house was incredibly helpful. Once under contract, Lauren helped make the closing process as stress-free as possible. She was always on top of the communication between myself and any party that needed to be involved. I am very grateful that Lauren was recommended to me, and I will definitely look to work with her in the future if I ever need to buy or sell in the area!

Cynthia Sumner

Where do I start?! I asked family for a recommendation and he couldn’t have hit the mark any better. Vicki Duran was responsive and on point from the first inquiry. I am one of those who likes to be conscientious of most things. So I reached out to her months before we were scheduled to fly in. She kept in touch during the waiting period and was ready to hit the “road” when we got into town. She had preowned and new builds ready, but in the climate of timing when we wanted to see homes… preowned were dropping and being picked up before you had a chance to view. So we went after new builds, she tirelessly called sales offices and showed us different communities. Vicki was taking notes somewhere because after the first community shown she knew what we wanted and didn’t want and didn’t waste time with the nots. We headed back “home” and two days later we were sending our earnest money to her. She did all the leg work for us. Every in person and zoom meeting she was there. She did the walk through with us and helped pick out areas that needed to be fixed. Vicki just knows the job, what we as new buyers should look for and what is expected of our new home. She is amazing. She was there from start to keys. I’m so grateful for all the time she spent on us. My hubby does NOT like change and she was good with him, gave him the space he needed while giving me the attention I needed. She can definitely read a room and is not afraid to speak up and advocate for her clients.

Bob and Laura Petix

We worked with agent Kristin Wellborn. This was our fifth house bought/sold over the past 28 years and Kristin is by far the best realtor we have ever worked with (not even close). In this case, we were buyers. Kristin possesses incredible knowledge about the Austin area. We resided in another state (1,400 miles away) and had to purchase our house without being able to visit in person. We completely relied on her understanding of the various towns and neighborhoods. She sent us many, many videos and frank assessments about the myriad properties for sale that she visited on our behalf. Kristin respected our wishes concerning the purchase process (no bidding wars!) and in the end negotiated a great deal on our behalf, below both list and the lender-appraised value. Our offer to the seller was based on well-researched comparables and was immediately accepted. (BTW: we were not “high-end” buyers; our purchase price was about average for Austin. Rest assured: Kristin will work tirelessly on your behalf regardless of your price level.) She kept in constant contact with us, seven days a week. Honestly, it would be impossible to find a more dedicated agent.

Leila Hanna

We have had the privilege of working with Eric Engberg ( with Eric Bramlett Real Estate) on more than one occasion and he is outstanding. We first met him when we began to relocate to the austin area from Seattle. It was a scary time, but he was so patient and informative ( what he does not know, he will make sure to find out!) he treated us more like family than clients and got us a great deal on a fantastic home that suited all of our needs. When it was time to get a bigger home that we wanted to build, he was right there for us and even helped us navigate while we switched builders early in the process. Most recently in 2020, we chose to sell our first home in Avery ranch and Eric got us the best price in record time just as Covid hit! He’s a miracle worker and a lifelong friend and realtor!

Jerod Honrath

We worked with Craig McGuire and he was phenomenal from start to finish with regards to selling our home. He was detailed and very thorough in how he navigated us through the selling process. I would most certainly recommend him to anyone that is looking to buy or sell their home and in fact we are using his vast expertise as well to build new future home over the next year.

Analisa Honrath

Every aspect of working with Craig McGuire and his team was positive. Highly recommend!

Ankit Paul

Vicki Duran is one of the best realtors out there. She is very knowledgeable, is always well prepared and thorough in her approach. She cares a lot about her clients and infact saved us $$ by helping us bid to the correct amount instead of over bidding. She is responsive and has great contacts to help us close the home. We were lucky to work with Vicki

Natasha Delatorre

Eric Engberg went above and beyond for me as my Realtor through the process of selling my home. He walked me through each step and he was always available to answer any questions, make suggestions and to give his professional opinion. Eric is very professional, thorough and knowledgeable in every aspect of Real Estate. I had a full price offer within 5 days and a backup offer shortly after that. I will most definitely use him as my Realtor in the search and purchase of my new home and I highly recommend him.

Erika G.

My boyfriend and I are first-time homebuyers, and had the pleasure of working with Tyson Hombroek! Tyson was fantastic – super helpful, knowledgeable, and exceptionally responsive. He walked us through the home-buying process step-by-step and always had great advice regarding red flags in homes and with builders. He really helped us feel confident every step of the way, which is saying a lot in this crazy market! We really couldn’t have hoped to work with a better agent, and would strongly recommend him to any other buyers.