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  • Writer's pictureRobert Sosower

What’s a Mail-Away Closing?

A mail-away closing is a real estate closing option where one or more of the parties is either out-of-state or can’t physically be present to sign the closing documents at the attorney’s office. Mail-away closings are permitted in North Carolina, and they are straightforward and safe. The typical process starts with the real estate law firm FedExing the closing documents to the client, with an overnight mailing return label. Then, the client goes in front of a notary and signs all the closing documents and the notary notarizes all the necessary documents. If the client has any questions during the signing process, they should reach out to their attorney’s law firm for guidance. Once the client signs all the documents and gets everything notarized, they FedEx it back to their attorney’s office. From there, the attorney’s office completes the closing, just as if the client had signed in their office.

Mail-Away Closing Tips

First, clients should let their closing attorney’s law firm know as soon as possible that they want to do a mail-away closing so that they can get the closing documents promptly. Furthermore, the client should not send their closing documents back to the closing attorney’s office at the last possible second because if there are in any issues with the signed documents, it may delay the closing process. Additionally, it is good to know that most overnight delivery services will not deliver to a P.O. Box. Next, make sure that the notary the client chooses is certified and that their notary hasn’t lapsed. If the notary isn’t certified or their notary has expired, then you cannot use them, and you must find another notary to help you with your closing documents. If you don’t personally know any notaries, you can always go to your bank or search online for notary services in your local area.


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