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!

1400+ Client reviews!

Y Xixi

We were lucky to have Kasey as our agent. She is very friendly, energetic, and knowledgably. As a remote buyer from another state, we needed a lot more help than a regular buyer. She was always there for us and happy to provide us all the assistance we needed. Whenever we sent her emails about the new house, she always responded instantly. We got satisfactory answers for all our numerous questions for her. Her great service has persisted from the beginning of the discussion about the right property for us to the end of the closing and even after. She made our purchase a great experience. We strongly recommend Kasey

Kyra Ford

As first time homebuyers I anticipated this to be a rocky venture, and it did not disappoint. However, Tyson Hombroek was concise and patient with us throughout the whole process. Buying in the Austin area is tough right now. The market was not on our side but I always felt like Tyson was. He helped us find homes we could afford and make the most competitive offers we could. What we thought would be months of hunting was only a few weeks. And after the contract was drawn up and negotiated, Tyson helped us through the whole closing process. I could not recommend a better realtor for first time homebuyers.

Janelle L.

My realtor was Vicki Duran and she is hands down the most professional, genuine, kind, and patient realtor I’ve ever had.

We are first time home buyers and not only was she prompt in answering our questions and concerns, (and let me tell you, we ask a lot of questions) but she also would go as far as to give us extra information that we did not think to ask her. If we forgot something, we knew that we could rely on Vicki to bring these things to our attention. She was our realtor as well as our counselor for buying a home.

She even went out of her way as we approached our closing date and helped us with our walkthrough! She stated that she wanted to be there and I’m glad she was because she caught a lot of things that we did not.

I know realtors are busy people and what makes one stand out from the rest is their quality of communication, genuine character, and their willingness to go the extra mile to help us find a home that we will love. Vicki does all these things and more and I felt so secure and confident with her as my realtor. She really made all the difference in our lives, especially during these difficult times!

Ulises R.

Craig McGuire has been exceptional throughout our home buying journey. The whole process was such a mystery to us initially but everything seemed to effortlessly fall into place with the help and guidance that Craig provided. I was particularly impressed with how informed Craig is and that he was able to communicate his knowledge to us so that we could make calculated decisions. To top it off, Craig is cordial and has a great sense of awareness. We would not hesitate to work with Craig or anyone at Bramlett Residential in the future.

Alex M.

Kasey is a great resource for us. We are lucky to have her as our agent to purchase our first single house. As an out-of-town buyer, we faced a lot of challenges to purchase a property remotely. At our introduction meeting, she was warm and knowledgeable. She asked a lot of questions about our needs and plans for the property. Based on the information we provided to her, she helped us identify the property that fits in our budget and meets our needs. During the purchasing process, she ensured our communication with the seller opened all the time. She responded to the questions and inquiries from us and the seller quickly and updated us with new information promptly. She is reliable and pays attention to details. When she represented us at the final walkthrough, she identified important deficiency that was missed by the third-party inspector. We appreciate her knowledge, honesty, and hard work.

Halli M.

We started working with Kasey about a year ago – and signed up to both buy a new home and sell our existing home.  I have to say, it was an absolute stroke of good luck since we randomly picked her from Google’s search results.

Kasey turned out to be fantastic to work with.  She helped us maximize the price we got for selling – and the house sold within just a few days of listing.

She was also very responsive.  My wife commented multiple times on how easy it was to reach her and how helpful she was in general.

At the end of the day, the sale went down without a hitch – and we ended up getting significantly more than we were originally planning.  We’ve already been referring her to friends and she has impressed them as much as she did us.

I highly recommend both Kasey Gilliam and Bramlett Residential.

Henry H.

Eric Bramlett, Will Mackintosh and his team are processional.
They have genius marketing skills, gave me good advices, and actively guided me through the whole process of selling my property.
I am appreciated for their help and will use them again if I have any need to buy or sell a property in Austin, TX area

Ainsly M.

We just closed on our first house after working with Bailey Moran at Eric Bramlett Residential, and can not recommend her enough! The current Austin market is crazy, and we were so thankful for Bailey’s insight and expertise throughout the process.

We were moving from out of state, and she spent a lot of time in the beginning getting to know us and our interests and expectations, which was really helpful as she was providing direction. She took an entire day driving us all over Austin through different towns and neighborhoods, even as the infamous snow storm was rolling in. She also spent multiple days over several weekends looking at houses and taking videos for us. She was impartial as she toured the houses so that we could generate our own opinions, but also answered our questions honestly when we had uncertainties about one thing or another.

We were also constantly impressed by her knowledge of the market in different neighborhoods, with the offers coming in at 10, 20, and up to 30% above asking price. She has clearly done her research (and keeps up with the ever-changing data and trends) and will always go the extra step to answer all of your questions. As first time homebuyers, this was extremely important and helped narrow down our search.

We are so lucky to have found the perfect house for us, in the area that we wanted, and really don’t think we could have done it without all of Bailey’s help and guidance. Highly recommend Bailey if you are buying a home in the Austin area!!!

Lauren Y.

Linda Baddour is the best real estate agent we could ask for! Especially in this crazy Austin seller’s real estate market in the Lakeway/Bee Caves/Dripping Springs area, where homes were going for way over listing price quickly for multiple offers, we needed a responsive, savvy, expert in real estate and Linda pulled out all the stops for us. She was super responsive even within a couple minutes of an email or text request and consistently went above and beyond getting us comps, hoa docs, and home info beyond what could be found on the MLS we could see. She saved us a ton of time avoiding homes with lease backs or condos masquerading as homes that we didn’t want. She helped us write strong offers and got them submitted quickly so we were able to win an offer after a couple of weeks and tries and close on a home! We are so excited about our new beautiful home and so appreciative of all of Linda’s hard work! Thank you Linda!

Monica H.

Kasey has been working with us for a long time now waiting for us to be ready to pull the trigger on that perfect house. She knew what we were looking for and knew we weren’t in a hurry and that did not deter her from providing the best service and responsiveness. After what seems like years she helped us find that perfect house in a market so insane that actually getting that perfect house after you find it seems near impossible but Kasey made it happen. We highly recommend Kasey and will work with her again if we need to.

Ainsly McGowan

We just closed on our first home after working with Bailey Moran at Eric Bramlett Residential, and can not recommend her enough! The current Austin market is crazy, and we were so thankful for Bailey’s insight and expertise throughout the process. We were moving from out of state, and she spent a lot of time in the beginning getting to know us and our interests and expectations, which was really helpful as she was providing direction. She took an entire day driving us all over Austin through different towns and neighborhoods, even as the infamous snow storm was rolling in. She also spent multiple days over several weekends looking at houses and taking videos for us. She was impartial as she toured the houses so that we could generate our own opinions, but also answered our questions honestly when we had uncertainties about one thing or another. We were also constantly impressed by her knowledge of the market in different neighborhoods, with the offers coming in at 10, 20, and up to 30% above asking price. She has clearly done her research (and keeps up with the ever-changing data and trends) and will always go the extra step to answer all of your questions. As first time homebuyers, this was extremely important and helped narrow down our search. We are so lucky to have found the perfect house for us, in the area that we wanted, and really don’t think we could have done it without all of Bailey’s help and guidance. Highly recommend Bailey if you are buying a home in the Austin area!!!

David R.

We were fortunate to find Tara McGuire from Bramlett Residential as our realtor.  A friend who had a great experience with Bramlett Residential introduced us to this real estate firm and the owner referred us to Tara who is one of their experienced realtors.  We were thankful that Tara was able to expertly and safely guide us through the processes of selling our home of 25 years in the volatile Austin market during the extra difficult times of Covid. She laid out a written day-by-day plan, outlining all of the critical checkpoints and events that were required leading up to a successful closing. She leveraged her team who followed up regularly to help us with all of the paperwork and handle all of the details. We were never out of the loop on the status of our sale, and when we had questions or concerns, Tara was quick to respond. In the end, the house listed on a Thursday, the final offers were in on Monday, and we accepted an offer on Tuesday.  Our expectations were exceeded, not only with the level of service we received but with the final price we accepted. When we closed, she was in regular contact with us, expertly handling all of the hiccups. Working with Tara was amazing and we highly recommend her and her team at Bramlett.