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March 20, 2017

The closing is the climactic moment in a Real Estate transaction, when the deal is finalized and the money finally changes hands. However, the big moment can be daunting, especially in New York, where the large cast of characters can include not just the seller, purchaser, and their attorneys, but possibly several brokers, a lender, the lender’s counsel, a management company, and title company as well. But what really goes on, and what should a prospective buyer or seller prepare for to make sure that the final step goes smoothly? This article, originally published in the New York Times, offers a helpful guide for first-timers.