Well its not exactly normal, but is it common? Yes, it happens. Actually, closings can be executed remotely, and neither the buyers/sellers nor the agents are mandated to be there. Personally, my team and I always make it a point to be present at closings. But for some of our properties, we have had to work with closing companies in Tampa, over 2 hours away from us, and they had to be arranged remotely. I would say the most important thing is if your agent very carefully went over your HUD-1 Closing Statement with you. That's where they need to make sure that everything is correct, and there are no mistakes. Make sure you feel comfortable with this step, and ask any questions that you have to.
Hope this helps!
Angie Curkovic and The Curkovic Real Estate Team