Paperwork for Selling a Home

If you’re selling a house in Michigan for the first time, be forewarned that an avalanche of paperwork is coming your way. 

If you’re selling for the second or even third time, you may be scratching your head trying to remember what exactly all those documents were that you spent hours signing during your last sale.

So, what paperwork is required to sell a home? This is a question we at Mitten Made Properties get asked a lot. 

We’ve been buying and selling Metro Detroit real estate for many years and have the papercuts to prove it, so we thought we’d share our experience with you here. ☺ 

Here is a list of the primary documents you’ll need to worry about when selling your Southeast Michigan home. 

Before Listing

  • Home Appraisal (from when you purchased the home)
  • Mortgage and Financing Documents
  • Deed
  • Original Sales Contract (from when you purchased the home)
  • Property Survey (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Occupancy (if applicable)
  • Tax Records
  • HOA Documents (if applicable)

During Listing

  • Listing Agreement (if using a real estate agent)
  • Market Analysis & Marketing Materials (often created by real estate agent)
  • Easement Agreements (if applicable)
  • Statutory Disclosure Forms

Accepting Offer

  • Purchase Offer (made by potential buyer and/or their real estate agent)
  • Final Purchase & Sale Agreement (when offer is accepted)
  • Affidavit of Title
  • Transfer Tax Declarations
  • Estimated Closing Statement


  • Deed To Home
  • Release of Mortgage Lien
  • Title Report
  • Title Insurance
  • Warranty & Maintenance Receipts
  • Bill of Sale

We know that’s a lot of paperwork, but selling a home isn’t a walk in the park — there are a lot of moving parts to keep in mind. You can get more details on each document with a Google search.

And if you want to skip the hassle of selling your Michigan home the traditional way, give Mitten Made Properties a call at (248) 883-3340. We’ll make you a fair cash offer, and we’ll make all that paperwork as painless as possible! 

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