What is Escrow?
Escrow is the process by which the interests of all parties in a real estate transaction are protected, ensuring that all conditions of the sale have been met before property and money change hands. Escrow is an independent depository wherein all funds, instructions, and documents for the purchase of your home are held, including your down payment, your lender’s funds, documents for the new loan, hazard and title insurance, inspection reports, and the grant deed from the seller. At the close of escrow, the “escrow holder” delivers these items to the appropriate parties, disburses the funds, and handles the associated paperwork.
What Does An Escrow Holder Do?
The Escrow Holder is a neutral third party, such as Chicago Title, that maintains the escrow account and impartially oversees the escrow process, making sure all conditions of the sale are properly met.
The Escrow Holder’s Duties Include:
• Serving as the neutral agent and the liaison between all parties involved.
• Requesting a preliminary title search to determine the status of the title to the property.
• Requesting a beneficiary statement of debt or obligations are to be taken over by the buyer.
• Requesting a payoff demand from beneficiaries when the seller is paying off debts.
• Complying with the lender’s requirements as specified in its instructions to escrow.
• Securing releases of all contingencies or other conditions imposed on the escrow.
• Preparing or securing the deed and other documents related to escrow.
• Prorating taxes, interest, insurance, and rents.
• Preparing escrow instructions.
• Receiving purchase funds from the buyer.
• Receiving loan funds from the buyer’s lender.
• Closing the escrow pursuant to instructions supplied by the seller, buyer, and lender.
• Recording the deed and any other documents.
• Disbursing funds as authorized by the instructions, including charges for title insurance, recording fees, real estate commissions, and loan payoffs.
• Preparing final statements for all parties involved that account for the disposition of all funds held in the escrow account.
• Requesting the title insurance policy.
The Escrow Process
Your escrow is created shortly after you execute the purchase agreement to sell your home. It cannot be successfully completed until all escrow instructions have been carried out and all parties have signed escrow documents. The length of escrow can range from a few days to several months, depending on the terms of the purchase agreement. On average, an escrow closes within 45 days.
Opening the Escrow
Either your Real Estate Agent or the buyer’s agent may open the escrow for you. As soon as you execute the sales agreement, the buyer’s agent will place the initial deposit into an escrow account. At the opening of escrow, you may be asked to provide identification information such as your birth date and social security number. This information remains confidential.
Source: Brad Brinkman
Parkfield Escrow is a licensed independent escrow company, meeting all regulatory and licensing requirements. Our state regulator is the Department of Corporations. Independent escrow companies are required to be insured for theft or embezzlement; licensed by the State of California; CPA audited annually; subject to surprise regulatory requirements; adhere to strict manager hiring rules, and undergo employee background investigations by the Department of Justice. To choose an escrow company in Inland Empire that you can trust, call the experienced and attentive team of Parkfield Escrow at (310) 696-0192 or contact them here.