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The Escrow Process

When opening an escrow, the buyer and seller of a piece of property establish terms and conditions for the transfer of ownership of that property. These terms and conditions are given to a neutral third party known as the escrow holder. The escrow holder in turn has the responsibility of seeing that the terms of the escrow are carried out. The escrow is an independent, neutral account and the vehicle by which the interest of all parties to the transaction are protected.

How Does the Escrow Process Work?

The escrow office takes instruction based on the terms of your Purchase Agreement and the lender’s requirements. The escrow officer can hold inspection reports and bills for work performed as required by the purchase agreement. Other elements of the escrow include hazard and title insurance, and the grant deed from the seller to you. Escrow cannot be completed until these items have been satisfied and all parties have signed escrow documents.

What Does the Escrow Holder Do?

The escrow holder is a neutral third party that maintains the escrow and impartially oversees the escrow process, insuring that all conditions of the sale are properly met.

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