Back to back closing

Can some one explain how the back to back closing works?
I did a search but did not find the answer.

I have picket up a few properties on a option contract and now I have a buyer for one of the properties.

Can some one explain the process.

Thank Homer

Never head of a back to back closing. Are you refering to a double closing maybe?

i found the following on the wikipedia. however i’ve only gone thru 1 simultaneous closing and really didnt know what was going on as the title company did EVERYTHING. we just signed by the X on each form.

A double closing is the simultaneous purchase and sale of a real estate property involving three parties: the original seller, an investor (middleman), and the final buyer.

Note: This article refers to United States laws.

The underlying reasons for having a double closing vary. The most pressing and usual reason is to allow the middleman to use the purchasers funds to acquire the property from the original seller. Another common reason for a double closing is to conceal the identity of the purchaser or seller.

Typically, a real estate investor first enters into a contract to purchase a property and then subsequently (before closing the purchase) enters into a contract to sell the property (hopefully for a higher price). The investor then utilizes a double closing to close both transactions at approximately the same time.

The Mechanics

The mechanics of a double closing vary, depending on who the buyer and seller are, who is providing the financing, and who is conducting the closing. In the simplest form of double closing, the purchaser would pay the purchase monies to the middleman and they would complete a settlement statement (HUD-1) for their transaction. The purchaser would have to wait while the middleman uses most of the purchase monies to purchase the property from the seller. The seller and middleman would also complete a separate settlement statement for their transaction. The middleman would then instruct the seller to deed the property directly to the purchaser.

There are potential drawbacks to the use of a double closing. In a state that collects a transfer tax, the county clerk or auditor may object to the fact that the original seller’s name is not on the purchaser’s settlement statement. The purchaser’s lender may conduct their own closings, and may object to being involved in the transaction between the seller and middleman. The purchaser or seller may disapprove of the profit made by the middleman, or they may dislike each other. The closing agent may object to being paid for only one closing while having to do extra work. Real estate agents may resent that they did not get the highest possible price for their seller. These and other hindrances may require a middleman to be creative when conducting a double closing.

To keep the purchaser and seller separate, or to pacify a leery lender, the closing may be conducted in two different rooms or at two different times or locations. Success is more likely if the closing agent is friendly and accommodating.

To simplify the transaction, the middleman may make one settlement statement directly between the purchaser and seller and take his profit as a line item on the settlement statement. This line item is usually on the purchaser’s side of the statement as an assignment fee. This may create a problem for the middleman, as assignment fees may be taxed at a different rate than short-term capital gains.

Legal Standpoint

From a legal standpoint, most sale contracts stipulate that the seller may pay encumbrances out of the proceeds of the sale. The fact that the original seller still owns the property is definitely an encumbrance. Also, most contracts are assignable, thus the middleman always has the right to assign his purchase contract to the purchaser for a fee.


Thanks for making that clear.

I talked to 1 escrow company on how to make this happen.
They suggested filling a DEMAND FOR PAYMENT.
Also the mortgage company suggested the same thing.

They say that if i do a double closing I spend more money.

Would this be easier than double closing?