When you’re buying or selling a home in Midland, you want to know how long the whole process is going to take – and while we can’t tell you how long it’ll be before someone makes an offer (sometimes it’s a day, sometimes it’s longer), we can tell you how long it takes to close once that happens.

Here’s what you need to know.

How Long Does it Take to Close a Real Estate Transaction?

After you make an offer on a house (or, sellers, after you accept an offer), the real paperwork begins.

On average, it takes about 50 days to close on a house. However, that number can go in either direction. These are the factors that really affect that timeline:

  • How long it takes to complete the loan application process
  • What happens with the title
  • How much the home appraises for
  • What the home inspection turns up

What Slows Down Closing?

Sometimes the buyers or sellers accidentally slow down the process. The most common reasons closing gets delayed include:

  • Buyer financing. Sometimes the buyer has a tough time getting loan approval, or snags pop up in the underwriting process that require more documentation.
  • Problems with the appraisal. When an appraisal comes in low, it can cause a lender to back away from the deal. Typically, lenders only let people borrow what an appraiser says the house is worth.
  • Contingencies. Sometimes, such as when a buyer has to sell his or her home before buying the next one, the deal gets held up waiting for certain conditions to be met.

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