I don't know how it is elsewhere, but around here if you want to purchase land from in individual that they are going to finance, they write a contract both parties sign and your done. We're looking at a parcel in VT and the real estate agent is wanting us to sign a contract (not a realtor contract but a contract to purchase) before the offer is submitted. Is this standard proceedure? I figure she calls them, makes the offer and they say yea or nei, no paperwork should be involved at this point. She's also talking about closing. What more would there be to do other than sign the contract and pay the payments? I'm assuming there wouldn't be any closing involved other than said contract. Seller pays closing fees(don't see why there would be any in this case) correct? I'm a bit lost because it sounds more like purchasing a house rather than land. Maybe I'm just out of the loop.