Published by Kartik Subramaniam
An interesting thing about the real estate industry is that there are far more people involved in the sale of a home than a lot of people realize. Of course, there is a buyer, a seller and their respective licensed real estate agents - that much is obvious. Sometimes, the roles are clear - nobody questions what an appraiser does, because the job description is explanation enough.
But one of the most often overlooked positions in real estate is also, in a lot of situations, among the most important. The role is that of the transaction coordinator, and in a lot of ways their specific job may very well be one of the most important of all.
While a transaction coordinator is not a legal requirement in a real estate transaction, as the name suggests, a transaction coordinator is a real estate professional tasked with managing all of the paperwork and deadlines involved in a real estate transaction. If you've ever purchased a home and felt overwhelmed about the sheer volume of paperwork you're expected to read and sign, just think about how the person who had to prepare all that paperwork must feel.
The reason why this role is so important is because a good transaction coordinator is trained in every step of the sales process. A big part of their job involves monitoring the life of the transaction, from the moment a seller and buyer enter into contract all the way through the steps required to properly close.
Just a few of the jobs they have to perform on a regular basis include but are not limited to ones like:
Overseeing repair negotiations
Communicating important updates to clients
Monitoring all documentation that is submitted
Coordinating the closing process and more.
In a larger sense, this is the person who is making sure that the wheels don't fall off the car, so to speak. It's their job to both make sure that an agent never gets bogged down by administrative tasks so that they can always focus on the client, as well as to make sure that nothing falls through the cracks and everything gets done properly and on-time based on the purchase agreement.
Overall, they're in charge of making sure that no unnecessary delays happen during this admittedly complicated process, all in service of the most important goal of all: closing a transaction and helping to create the most positive experiences for clients, no exceptions.
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