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How do I Become a Real Estate Closer?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 03 December 2018
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A real estate closer is a person who works to ensure that the final steps in the sale of real estate are completed properly. The requirements for a person who wants to become a real estate closer may vary. Generally, however, a person seeking a career in this field will need at least a high school education or a general educational development (GED) diploma. Following high school or the completion of a GED, most people interested in this field go on to earn associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in a business- or real estate-related disciplines.

Real estate closers lend services to the settling of real estate transactions. As a neutral third party, for example, an individual in this field checks to make sure all the necessary paperwork is in order and signed. He checks to make sure the right names are on the documents as well. Additionally, he makes and distributes copies of important documents to the parties involved, disburses closing money, and performs a range of other tasks critical to real estate closings.

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While a degree isn’t always necessary for a person in this field, many who choose to become real estate closers earn associate’s degrees in a real-estate-related major. Others may pursue bachelor’s degrees instead. An individual who does decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree in order to become a real estate closer may have an advantage over job seekers who hold high school diplomas or associate’s degrees. He may even have more opportunity to advance in his real estate career. Among the courses a person needs as he prepares for this career are those that cover mortgages, escrow, lending documents, and laws regarding property transactions.

A person who wants to become a real estate closer may choose to earn a real estate license in preparation for this job as well. An individual may secure licensing by taking real estate courses and passing his jurisdiction’s licensing exam. He may have to submit to an exam and pay a fee as part of the licensing process. Employers may not require real estate licensing, but securing it may make a person a more attractive job candidate.

An individual may also do well to gain some experience before applying to become a real estate closer. He may do this by taking on an internship or apprenticeship with an experienced closer. Often, this training makes employers consider a job candidate more favorably. Many employers do provide some on-the-job training, however.

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