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!

1500+ Client reviews!

Alcira Zamudio

Worked with Shaun Duffenbach and as expected he did an outstanding job. He was recommended by my daughter, she used him for her home purchase 9 months ago. I can’t recommend him enough, this was my 1st home purchase in TX, and I’m beyond impressed with his service. He is very reliable, moves quickly without pressuring you to buy, he is always looking out for you, and since he is super detailed oriented, he will notice any tiny defects on properties. He is hands down the best realtor we have worked with. We’ll use use him again for our next home purchase!

Jolina Li

We worked with Vicki to help find our investment property in Austin. Even though I was overseas, she’s able to FT me to show me the house. Meet up with foundations contractor so we can get estimates, encouraged us to ask for credits, etc. it was so easy working with her that I would highly recommend anyone who is looking for a house in Austin to call Vicki! 🙂

Larette F.

As a first-time seller of my first home, I did not have any idea how to sell a house. My agent was Philip Myers and he held my hand in explaining all the process of getting the home ready for market.

As a first time seller, he had all the answers to questions I didn’t know to ask! Philip ran comps and helped us to determine the asking price, which was far more than we expected.

Philip provided us with a staging consultant for free that showed us where to place furniture and which pieces to remove to make the home more marketable. The photographer that Eric Bramlett uses for photos was phenomenal and he had so much to offer even down to which lighting produced the best results.

Throughout the entire sales process, Philip was professional and pro-active.  He made us feel like we were his only clients, which is tough in this busy market.  He was on top of all the details and negotiations and provided us with guidance I did not think was possible. All the pre-sales contract details up to the closing was painless.  I highly recommend this real estate professional to handle your buying or selling needs.

Veronica B.

Vicki Duran was our Realtor and honestly  There is not enough stars here to rate how Wonderful she is! She was so Helpful in selling and buying or house Always answering our phone calls texts an emails right away, answering a million of questions that we had and guiding us thru the entire process. But to top it off  Regardless of her amazing work you can see her Honesty and Beautiful Heart that she has. Nothing but good things to say about her, we couldn’t have done it without her help. Thank you so very Much Ms Vicki!!

Christa Schank

We had an excellent experience working with Steve Crossland as our realtor this year. The market has been so difficult to navigate, especially this year, but Steve has been incredibly in tune with the fluctuations happening each week. He was very easy to work with, both for us and our eventual buyers. Thanks largely to Steve’s guidance, we sold very quickly, for much more than expected, with quick turnaround time to close!

Andy Najjar

I have had the great pleasure of working with Lauren Yoder on selling and buying my investment properties. The team was professional helped me stage and get the place ready for a bidding war. They really navigated negotiating and closing with great experience. I have worked with Lauren 5+ years and will continue to be a customer for the years to come!

Christina Rhodes

Kasey helped me purchase my first home. She was very knowledgable and helped educate me along the way. She took the time to thoroughly answer my questions and the whole process went smoothly from start to finish.

Sujatha Suresh

Ashley Vavasour was recommended to us by our daughter. She was thorough and helped represent us well. She ensured that all our concerns were addressed and connected use to the appropriate vendors to help assuage our concerns re: the property. She was available to us and responsive to our calls. We would recommend Ashley and Bramlett.

Paul K.

We worked with Shaun Duffenbach to buy our first home! We connected with Shaun through a referral who set the bar high, but Shaun exceeded it! As a first time home buyer, we were looking for an agent who knew the process and the market. Shaun went above and beyond to connect with properties and agents to make sure our offers got seen!  Ultimately we were successful on one of our first offers made with Shaun!

Marta Bab’yak

Kristin Wellborn was an outstanding realtor to work with, particularly as a first time buyer in this crazy Austin market. She always had an informed, insightful, and honest opinion about every place we considered. Throughout the process, Kristin was also very friendly and extremely responsive. We look forward to working with her in the future.

Paulas Bhatt

My wife and I, new to Texas altogether, were extremely fortunate to be paired up with Ashley Vavasour who was just incredible, kind, and unbelievably helpful in finding us our new home. Ashley went above and beyond her duties during our search by reaching out to builders as well as listing agents to ensure that we were put in the best position for viewings , updates, and proactively provided as much information as possible on the community as well as the home. This, when you have a 2 year old and pregnant wife, saved us a ton of time and more importantly, helped us establish a trust with Ashley that we haven’t had with any agents we worked with in the past back in NY. Not to mention, on multiple occasions, she entertained our 2 year old while we chatted with agents and builders 🙂 I would highly recommend using Eric Bramlett Residential services and if you are able to, definitely ask for Ashley to be your agent. In addition to being highly effective at what she does, Ashley is also just a great person to get to know and has a wide network that can be useful when you want to get work done for your new home.

Chris Perkes

Lauren took the time to guide us through the murkiness of first-time homebuying, and we could not have asked for a better tour-guide. Her ability to distill the key steps and timelines during the process was invaluable, and helped us feel secure in our decision-making.