When it is time for your closing day you will want to be prepared. The best way to do that is by knowing what is going to happen ahead of time. Closing is the day the paperwork gets signed, allowing the deed and mortgage to be recorded with the county where the property is located. Upon recording, the property officially changes hands. When you come to closing you should be ready to sign all the papers that will allow for the transfer of the property's ownership. Closing should take an hour or less. That can depend somewhat on the amount of reading and examination you want to do when it comes to the paperwork. If you do not have time to read all the paperwork, you do want to be confidant all the details are correct. Look to be sure your name and other information is completely accurate and that the property information is correct, as well. Then you can just sign where the closing agent asks you to. You will receive a copy of everything you signed. If you are asked to bring money to the closing table, you will also need to provide the agent with a cashier's check in the correct amount.