So what is the actual process that occurs when your home sells? The act itself is known as Conveyance. This is the legal and binding transfer of property from one individual to another. The process of transfer involves a number of contracts and additional parties such as attorneys. The end goal is that the buyer receives a authentic and legitimate title to the property. This is of course assuming that the seller possesses the right to sell the property from a legal perspective. Conveyance is typically comprised of two elements, the exchange of contracts and completion. There are also three distinct stages of conveyance, before contract, before completion, and after completion.
Typically the process of conveyance is different in every state, however the basics of the act are similar. Representatives of the buyer, seller and the mortgage lender meet and exchange the necessary legal papers. There is a large number of legal documents that change hands at this stage; deeds are the primary documents that are involved at this stage however this is also the time when financial documents such as promissory notes, mortgage papers, pro rata property taxes, title insurance and such are dealt with.
So much more goes on during the process of conveyance than simply signing a few papers. It is a complicated business that can have huge ramifications on the outcome of the home sale. Any last minute conditions must be dealt with before the conveyance can come to a close. If you need more info about what happens during this process, ask your Realtor or contact your lawyer, either of these people should be able to educate you a bit more on the act of conveyance.