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What Paperwork Do I Need to Sell My House?

It’s confession time for me; here’s where I admit I’ve lied. It’s happened so many times, I meet with that wonderful couple who’s lived in the house for 50 years. She’s saved every piece of paperwork; always made a point to hold onto her original deed, because she KNOWS she’ll need it to sell the home.

When the time comes, she presents it to me, the folds worn with time. “Thank you,” I say. “This is important.”

She glows.

I lied; she didn’t need to do that. Prior to our meeting, I searched their title on-line, printed a copy of their deed which was recorded with the registry of deeds when they bought the home. From this copy, I’ll draft a new deed selling the property to their buyer. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re able, holding onto your original deed is certainly the right thing to do. But, now we’re writing up a new one.

So, what paperwork will you need?

Before you start packing, or put everything in storage, it’s a good idea to set these items aside, keep them safe and accessible until closing day.

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