Although it’s not the most talked about aspect of buying or selling a home, escrow is nonetheless a vital component of a successful transaction.
Escrow is an arrangement in which a neutral third party holds onto funds and key documents involved in a home sale, and then distributes them according to the agreement between the buyers and sellers. The Escrow period begins when a seller accepts a buyer’s offer, and ends at the closing table…know as close of escrow.
Purchasing a house isn’t like buying shoes; there’s a lot of money involved, a lot of steps to manage, and a lot at stake. So the buyers and sellers don’t exchange money and documents directly with one another. They do it through the escrow account.
Escrow ensures accountability. Buyers want to be sure all contingencies are met (inspection, title report, securing the mortgage, etc.) before the sellers cash any checks. Sellers want to make sure they receive funds before they hand over the deed.
As your agent, I work closely with the escrow officer to ensure everything happens as the contract states and that everything stays on schedule.
Often there are unforeseen circumstances, although with the right team in place, we increase the odds of having a successful sale.
Title insurance is a policy that protects against financial loss stemming from problems found in a property’s title, or legal ownership.
As a buyer, how do you know the seller really owns the property? How can you be sure there are no liens, such as from unpaid taxes and lawsuits, or undisclosed heirs who might claim ownership? The answer lies in the title search.
A good title search generally turns up these types of issues. And a good title insurance policy will protect you should they arise during your ownership.
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