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Escrow: To close the sale of a house, a neutral, third party (the escrow company) is engaged to assure the process will close correctly and on time. Escrow companies hold money for "safe-keeping" in transactions between a buyer and seller. For example, in a Web auction, PayPal is the secure third party that obtains the buyer's payment, and then sends the money to the seller.

Clearing the final hurdles like receiving funds, completing forms, getting the documents for loans and liens, and assuring you get a clear title to the house prior to your purchase gets finalized are all parts of closing in which an escrow holder is useful.

The pieces of paperwork the escrow company may obtain include:

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

Upon completion of all instructions of the escrow, closing can take place. All debts and fees are collected and paid off at this time (covering expenses such as title insurance, inspections, real estate commissions). Title to the home is then given to you as now current homeowner and related title insurance is issued as outlined in the escrow policy.

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

The Escrow Holder Will:

  • Assemble escrow instructions
  • Petition title research
  • Meet the bank's standards as written in the escrow agreement
  • Intake payments from the buyer
  • Prorate tax, interest, insurance and other fees according to instructions
  • Record deeds and other legal documents as instructed
  • Obtain title insurance policy
  • Close escrow when all terms of agreement of seller and buyer have been finished
  • Disburse funds and finish instructions

The Escrow Holder Won't:

  • Give advice - the escrow company must maintain a neutral, third-party status
  • Offer opinions about tax implications
The Escrow Holder Will:
The Escrow Holder Won't:
  • Assemble escrow instructions
  • Perform a title research
  • Meet the bank's requirements as specified in the escrow agreement
  • Receive funds from the buyer
  • Prorate interest, insurance, tax and other payments according to guidelines
  • Record deeds and other legal documents as instructed
  • Obtain title insurance policy
  • Close escrow when all terms of agreement of seller and buyer are complete
  • Disburse payments and finish instructions
  • Offer advice - the escrow company stays a neutral, third-party status
  • Give insight about future tax estimations

Mortgage Escrow Account

Creating a Mortgage Escrow Account helps keep track of on-going expenses while there's a loan on your house. Generally, the Escrow Account is partially funded at closing and the home buyer makes on-going contributions through their monthly mortgage payment.

Once you have the basics of the escrow process down, you can be a more assured buyer.

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