What To Expect When You're Closing in Orange County

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When you're closing on your new home, an escrow company is used to make certain the transaction will close appropriately and in a certain amount of time. A house is said to be in escrow when in the closing transaction, money is secured by a third party on behalf of two parties when the exchange of money takes place. An easy way to think of what an escrow company does is to think of how you might use PayPal for online purchases.

Clearing the final hurdles like obtaining funds, completing forms, obtaining the documents for loans and liens, and assuring you get a spotless title to the property before your purchase gets finalized are all part of the job of the escrow agent.

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The records the escrow holder may secure 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

Upon completion of all instructions of the escrow, closing can take place. At this time, all payments and dues for inspections, title insurance and real estate commissions are paid out. The home's title goes to you and title insurance begins per the steps of your individual escrow agreement.

When closing is finished, you'll submit a payment to the escrow holder. You'll know when it's time to submit the form of payment.

The Escrow Holder Will:
The Escrow Holder Won't:
  • Assemble escrow instructions
  • Perform a title research
  • Comply with the bank's standards as noted in the escrow agreement
  • Intake payments from the buyer
  • Prorate interest, insurance, tax and other payments according to instructions
  • Record deeds and other paperwork as instructed
  • Request title insurance policy
  • Close escrow when all terms of agreement of seller and buyer have been finished
  • Disburse monies and finalize instructions
  • Tell you what's best - the escrow holder stays at an impartial, third-party status
  • Give insight about future tax estimations

Mortgage Escrow Account

Often, to pay recurring costs while there's a loan on the house, a Mortgage Escrow Account is created. Generally, the Escrow Account is partially funded at closing and the home buyer makes on-going contributions through their monthly mortgage payment.

This is a quick run-down of the escrow process. Your individual process could vary depending on your lender and your escrow company.