If you are selling a home and have a Home Equity Line of Credit (also known as a “HELOC”), you must “freeze” the equity line prior to closing. Like a standard mortgage, a HELOC is a lien against the property. However, a HELOC allows the homeowner to write checks against the HELOC’s funds.
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If you are selling a home (including condominiums, if each unit has its own meter) and you have municipal water (as opposed to well or private water) you will have to obtain a final water reading for closing.
Many younger people who are purchasing a home don’t typically write checks so they are unfamiliar with the difference between a “personal” check and a “bank” check (a bank check is also known as a “cashier’s” check). The difference between the two checks is critically important in a real estate transaction.