What if you didn’t communicate with your spouse? Or how about your boss? Or how about anyone important in your life? Your life probably wouldn’t go as well, and the same is true in real estate. Let me tell you a quick story about what I mean. I had a closing recently that was rife with miscommunication. I wasn’t getting any communication from the buyer I was representing or the local immigration attorney who was handling the closing. The buyer’s lender wasn’t returning my calls and I wasn’t hearing anything from the closing/immigration attorney, either. Once I called that attorney, it became very clear to me that she wasn’t used to doing real estate closings and didn’t know much about them. As it turned out, she was joint-venturing with a title company located in Richmond, who I then had to call. The seller was also using a different settlement company that I had to get in contact with. In essence, I was the one doing all the communication and making sure everyone else was communication with each other. You need to do the same thing with your real estate purchase and make sure the settlement people—who are incredibly important to your transaction—are in communication with each other.