When I go to a closing, I usually just sit there, smile a lot, and take my commission check back to the office! I am not trying to be facetious, (well, maybe just a little humorous) but there is very little, if anything , the agent does in regard to the actual closing. That's the attorney's big day! From what JR told you already, it seems that NY works the same as NJ in that respect.
I have been to some closings where the attorney didn't even invite the agents into the conference room! (the nerve!). Fortunately, most attorneys are a lot friendlier, and pull up a few extra chairs for us.
The one thing that is important, though, is the final walk through. If you're the buyer, not the seller, make sure your agent has someone covering to do the walk through with you. If there are any issues, they can be called in, ahead of time, to the attorney, and worked out at the closing table.
Good luck with your closing..............
Prudential NJ Properties
Everything that needed to be done by the agent has been covered prior to the closing and if there is some sort of question that may come up it will be of monetary value or legal issue and would be decided by the folks selling or buying with the guidance of their respective attorneys.
At some closings there are only the attorneys, providing that the buyers, sellers or both have given their individual attorney the power to sign for them.
In the case where an agent has had unforseen circumstance arise he/she will usually contact their broker or another agent to fill in the gap with a walk through.Phone service is usually available at most places so feel comfortable that your agent will be checking to ensure that the closing is going smoothly.We're only human and have life issues as you do.
needs to check the property on the day of closing to make sure it hasn't burnt down (it's happened!) and
to ensure that the property is in the same condition as it was when the offer was made. In my opinion, the
agent should have one of her colleagues cover for them.
Coldwell Banker Village Green
Unfortunately the lawyer represents the money, not you. You should check to see if your agent has a 'friend' who can attend the closing with you.
The attorney should be willing to take the time to answer any questions that you may have.
Why don't you ask the attorney for the closing docs in advance so that you can read them. It will not be a popular request, but you do have that right...ESPECIALLY since you will be unexcorted and already feel SLIGHTED by your realtor.
Sounds like this is your first home...
Good luck...it's not scary...just make sure the MATH is right on the HUD-1.