In NJ possession is the same time as closing so a seller must have all of their belongings removed from the dwelling before going to the closing table. It is customary that the new buyer will do a walk-thru on the way to closing to be certain the property is in the condition agreed to in the contract, for that to happen the seller must already have vacated and door is locked after the walk-thru (to ensure the condition doesn't change). Hope that helps.
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In most cases the bank provides the buyers with a 30 day window for closing. Contact your real estate agent frequently so you have the most up to date info. Also, many banks are now providing a small amount to help short sellers move. See if your mortgagee is will to provide you with relocation assistance.
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