Once you have entered into the contract, make a checklist of things that you are required to do. Pest inspection, property [appraisal] inspection, repairs (as negotiated in the contract) can slow the process of selling. If there are contingencies that the buyer has to meet, make sure that they have been taken care of on a timely basis. The escrow or closing agent will inform you throughout the process. You will be asked to provide the closing agent with a signed Deed (conveying the property to buyer). This Deed will be held until all contingencies are removed, the loan funded, and deposits made. After all conditions have been met, the Deed will be recorded and the proceeds disbursed per the closing instructions.