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Completing the Transaction

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First, a little about "escrow". An escrow holder is hired to assure your home closes on time and the money exchanging part of closing goes smoothly. A property is said to be in escrow when in the closing transaction, payment is secured by a third party on behalf of two parties when the transaction is taking place. A simple way to understand what an escrow company does is to think of how you might use PayPal for online purchases.


Clearing the final hurdles like receiving funds, signing forms, securing the documents for loans and liens, and assuring you get a clean title to the property prior to your purchase gets finalized are all part of the job of the escrow holder.

The certificates the escrow agent may obtain include:

  • 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
  • Loan documents

You're ready to close when all parts are done in escrow process. At this time, all payments and fees for inspections, title insurance and real estate commissions are taken. The house's title gets handed over to you and title insurance is issued per the steps of your particular escrow agreement.

At the close of escrow, in an acceptable form to the escrow. You'll know when it's time to submit the form of payment.

The Escrow Holder Will:
The Escrow Holder Won't:
  • Prepare escrow guidelines
  • Request title search
  • Meet the bank's guidelines as specified in the escrow agreement
  • Intake funds from the buyer
  • Prorate interest, insurance, tax and other payments according to guidelines
  • Record deeds and other documents as instructed
  • Request title insurance policy
  • Close escrow when all instructions of seller and buyer are complete
  • Disburse payments and finish instructions
  • Advise you - the escrow holder has to remain an impartial, third-party status
  • Dispense opinions 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. Though most home buyers make payments via their monthly mortgage payment, Escrow Accounts are deposited into at closing as well.

This is a easy to understand guide about the escrow process. Your particular methods might vary based on your bank and your escrow company.

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