Posted by RWBeck on June 21, 2000 at 16:02:52:
No one needs to be at the closing!
The closing is simply the closing agent checking and determining if all aspects of the closing has been completed as per instructions and causing the recording or registration of the various documents.
All documents can and should be reviewed and signed in advance of closing. I never attend a “closing” as they can be handled in advance and are, for the most part, a waste of time. Tell the real estate agent he/she is more than welcome to stop by and visit the closing agent as they desire, but you will simply review and sign the documents at a time the best fits your needs.