A handful of people will be in the room when you sign the paperwork to officially buy your home. There may be a few extra people depending on the situation, but as a general rule these people will attend closing day:
- The buyer (or their representative)
- The buyer’s agent
- The seller (or their representative)
- The seller’s agent
- The closing agent from the title company
If either the buyer or seller has hired an attorney, that person may also be present. An attorney is not required for closing in Maryland or Virginia as long as your title company is licensed and bonded. If you’d like, though, you can ask your attorney to review your closing documents before settlement.
Other people who might be present at closing include a representative from the lender and a notary public.
If you are unable to attend closing, you will need to appoint someone who can appear in your place. You will have to give that person power of attorney in order for his or her signature to count as your own. This document allows someone to act on your behalf during the transaction.