Contract to Closing

My seller clients really appreciate my services in listing, marketing and getting a buyer signed on the dotted line on a purchase contract. However, neither they nor we can rest just because a contract is inked. There are more than 50 tasks and deadline deliveries on my normal residential seller side real estate transaction checklist. And, I take our responsibilities seriously in the processing of all documents and meeting of all deadlines.
 
The process of taking a signed purchase contract through to closing involves a great many details, deliveries and document submissions. I coordinate all of this for my sellers, making sure that all phases of the closing process move along smoothly.

  • Title – I work closely with the title company and attorneys to make sure that all documents and deliveries are processed in a timely manner. I work with my sellers to examine all of their title and recorded documents to uncover all material defects and items of importance. Though this is normally of more concern to the buyer, sellers must respond to their objections, so it’s important to know what’s in all recorded documents. Example:  while there are normally few items in a title binder that can be corrected as they’re recorded and pass with the property, sometimes there are requirements or exceptions that weren’t expected but must be addressed.  With the more careful lending environment, more “quit-claim” deeds are being required as one example.  Perhaps you have a previous divorce and the lender wants better protection against claims and will require a quitclaim deed from your former spouse.
  • Inspections, Survey & Appraisal – My job is to coordinate access for inspectors and the appraiser, and to accept deliveries of reports as well as any objections or correction requirements from the buyers. I take this job seriously and will be with my sellers every step of the way. Every instance of delivery of an inspection and/or buyer objections requires a response in most cases, and there are deadlines. I stay on top of these deadlines, make sure reports are delivered to you on time or extensions are put into place, and that you respond within required time lines. Failure to do so could obligate you to repairs or other corrections or kill the deal.
  • Repair Negotiations – If the buyer submits requirements for corrective actions to items on reports, I work with my sellers to determine the cost of those requirements and the appropriate response necessary to keep the deal going in a way beneficial to my seller clients. Should you agree to make certain repairs, there will be deadlines associated with completion, and possibly requirements for the buyer’s inspector to return and re-inspect for completion and repair quality. I keep all of this on track for you, and can recommend contractors I know do quality work at fair prices.
  • Lender Document Coordination – One of the leading causes of delayed closings is some problem with funding due to lender last minute requirements or other document demands. I am monitoring all document flows to make sure this doesn’t happen for my sellers. As the seller, you aren’t getting a mortgage, but you need to be very concerned with the buyer’s ability to do so and their lender’s process and ability to meet deadlines and fund at closing. Mortgage problems kill a lot of deals, so we’re going to be involved in the buyer’s process to protect you, our seller client.

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Success Stories
  • "My husband Paul and I drove around with Ben for about 4 months before we found the house we couldn't walk away from. We saw several nice ones in between that time, and saw a few more when we were looking on our own for a couple of months but with Bens' assistance, we were able to narrow teh field and find our home. The incredible thing for me was that we saw this house as a brand new listing and within a week, we had everything finalized. More amazing than that, is that Ben pulled the same success for us when selling our house-- only we had 3 offers presented the day after our first showing, and we not only got more than we asked for, we got more than than the people who owned the other half of our duplex and they were trying for 5 months. Ben only had us listed for a week!! This happened last year, prior to the market heating up to teh firestorm its been over the last while, so his track record completely blew me away! Ben is an amazing realor and I'm now extremely proud that I can call him a friend as well."

    Paul and Karen V.
  • "Hi Ben! I just want to thank you for the excellent work you have done in selling my house. I know the real estate market was hot, but you were able to sell my house after one weekend of open house for $17,000 more than my asking price and with multiple back up offers. I am also extremely pleased that the possession date & completion date were blended in such a way that I didn't have to worry about a bridge mortgage. Your suggestions for doing the necessary work on my house were invaluable in maximizing my asking price. Again, I am extremely pleased with your professionalism & your tactful negotiation skill in making the sale of my house go smoothly. I would not hesitate to recommend you to all of my family and friends. Thanks"

    Donna Ho
  • " My Wife & I would like to thank you wery much for your expertise and great help in puting together the purchase of our 2nd condominium. You were very attentive to our concerns when we bought our 1st condo, so we it was a no brainer for us to work with you again."

    Bob and Sharon W.
  • " Thanks again with helping us with the sale of our home. You were very knowledgeable and professional. We especially appreciated the market analysis you provided. It explained much about what we needed to know about preparing a home for sale and assisted us in determining a price. We would not hesitate to work with you again and will recommend you to our family and friends. "

    MArk and Alic B.
  • "We are so pleased with Bens' services!!!! Bens' 19 years of experience was outstanding. Ben investigated the market, provided us with the facts, and discussed with us the unique details that related to us specifically.....As a result, Ben sold our home very quickly and we think thats due to his experience in Pre-Qualifying all prospective buyers and negotiating the best price and terms for us. In Ben we Trust!

    DAve and Lil C.
  • " Just wanted to let you know that we have settled in nicely to the new place. We love it. We also wanted to thank you for everything. You made our first home buying experience a very pleasant one! You were extremely helpful and flexible and we appreciate all the work you did for us. We will certainly recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell, and when we are ready to do it all again, you will be our first phone call! If you are ever in the neighborhood, please drop by. "

    Doug and Jackie F.
  • " Ben was referred to us by a friend. We chose Ben to sell our Rental Home.We have worked with many realtors over the years and we would highly recommend Ben. He was courteous, returned phone calls promptly and our interests came first. Thanks again Ben."

    Bob and Jean J.
  • "To Whom it may concern, Ben's services were extraordinary. He went beyond the expectations of an agent, very courtious and personable. He is caring and easy to work with. I am very grateful for his kindness, understanding and patience. The process of buying my first condo was stressful but he made it as easy as possible and met my requirements. Even after the sale he made sure I was comfortable wit my purchase, addressing my concerns about the washing machine and garburator, making sure all was in working order. Thanks so much Ben!"

    Caroline P.
  • "Hi Ben, We were selling our first home and Ben guided us through the steps. He is very helpful, informative, professional and prompt. Thanks for selling our first home! He would be our realtor if we chose to buy or sell another home. Thanks Ben"

    Chitose and Van K.
  • "Ben Sold 2 houses for us and Helped us buy a condo. He is a great communicator and diligent about getting the job done. He knows how to work to a style that suits a client. He uses online rexources and is very creative about getting you what you want. We highly recommend him."

    Doug and Della S.
  • This is the 2nd home that my fiancee and I have purchased. Compared to our first experience, this one was a dream. We owe most of that to Ben. Throughout the entire experience, Ben represented our interests without fail and was available for every question or concern no matter what the time of day or how small the issue. We would use Ben again and recommend him to Family and Friends without hesitation. He brings a professional and calm approach to a situation which made us relax during the stressful times. Thanks Ben, We really appreciate your efforts! Sincerely Regan and Tannis

    Regan and Tannis M.
Contact Info
Agent
Ben Catalano

Real Estate Advisor

102 - 403 North Road
Coquitlam  British Columbia V3K 3V9

604-415-9800 604-671-9411 bcatalano@sutton.com

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