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Completing the Transaction

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First, a little about "escrow". An escrow holder is brought on to assure your property closes on time and the closing process goes smoothly. When money is held by a third party in a transaction between a buyer and a seller, it's in escrow. A simple way to understand the concept of what an escrow company does is to compare it to PayPal for online purchases.

The escrow company makes sure that the terms and conditions of the agreement between the two parties are reached prior to the sale being completed.

Escrow companies want to obtain the following records:

  • Loan documents
  • Tax statements
  • Fire and other insurance policies
  • Title insurance policies
  • Terms of sale and any seller-assisted financing
  • Requests for payment for various services to be paid out of escrow funds

Upon finishing of all instructions of the escrow, closing can take place. At this time, all payments and fees for inspections, title insurance and real estate commissions are paid out. You'll then get the title to the property and the title insurance gets dispersed as stated in the escrow instructions.

At the close of escrow, payments of funds are made in an acceptable form to the escrow. As your real estate professional, I'll let you know what is an acceptable form of payment.

The Escrow Holder Will:

  • Assemble escrow instructions
  • Perform a title search
  • Comply with the bank's requirements as outlined in the escrow agreement
  • Intake payments from the buyer
  • Prorate interest, insurance, tax and other payments according to instructions
  • Record deeds and other paperwork as instructed
  • Obtain title insurance policy
  • Close escrow when all terms of agreement of seller and buyer have been met
  • Disburse payments and finish instructions

The Escrow Holder Won't:

  • Offer advice - the escrow company has to remain an impartial, third-party status
  • Dispense opinions about tax implications
The Escrow Holder Will:
The Escrow Holder Won't:
  • Prepare escrow guidelines
  • Request title inquiry
  • Meet lender's requirements as noted in the escrow agreement
  • Receive payments from the buyer
  • Prorate tax, interest, insurance and other fees according to guidelines
  • Record deeds and other legal documents as instructed
  • Request title insurance policy
  • Close escrow when all instructions of seller and buyer have been met
  • Disburse funds and finalize instructions
  • Offer advice - the escrow holder must stay at a fair, third-party status
  • Offer opinions about the outcome of your taxes

Mortgage Escrow Account

Creating a Mortgage Escrow Account helps keep track of on-going expenses while there's a loan on your house. Though most home buyers make payments via their monthly mortgage payment, Escrow Accounts are deposited into at closing as well.

Now you know more about being in escrow. And, you can be a smarter home buyer and future homeowner.

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