In Minnesota, we close at the table. Money is exchanged for keys and garage door openers and it often happens in a conference room with the sellers on one side of the table and the buyers on the other. There are other options for closings but they are not as fun.
Yesterday I attended a closing where first time home buyers bought a house from a couple who had owned the home for 43 years. They left the house immaculately clean and in good repair. They left a gift along with hoses, cleaning supplies, manuals, instructions, and warranties.
Buyers and sellers exchanged phone numbers and the sellers gave the buyers the names of nearby neighbors.
Even though the home buyers had to sign piles of papers promising to make payments on the 30-year mortgage and take care of the property it was a joyous occasion.
It was lovely to see one generation hand the keys to the next.