Great penmanship may be an asset in many walks of life, but it can be a decided disadvantage at a real estate closing, especially if one party to the transaction has pre-signed.

Then, the closer must determine that there’s an exact match between the absent party’s signature, and the document authorizing a representative to sign for them (typically, a limited power of attorney).

When the signature is sloppy, it’s harder to tell if there’s a discrepancy.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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