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Understanding escrow in real estate transactions

On Behalf of | May 27, 2024 | Real Estate |

Purchasing a home can be both exciting and overwhelming. For a first-time buyer, escrow is an important yet potentially unfamiliar aspect of the process.

By understanding how escrow works and the protections it provides, a buyer can handle a real estate transaction more confidently.

What is escrow?

Escrow is a service used in real estate to hold money and documents until the sale is complete. An impartial third party, called an escrow agent, oversees this process. The agent makes sure that all conditions are met before any money changes hands. This protects both the buyer and the seller from potential fraud or disputes.

How does escrow work?

The process starts when the buyer and seller agree on the terms of the sale. Then the buyer deposits money into the escrow account, which the agent holds for both parties until each side meets the conditions of the sale.

Why is escrow important?

Escrow ensures the buyer gets the property in the agreed-upon condition and the seller receives payment. It prevents fraud and misunderstandings by having a neutral third party manage the transaction. Escrow also provides a secure way to handle large sums of money.

What happens on closing day?

On closing day, the agent handles the final paperwork and makes sure that all funds get distributed. Then the buyer receives the keys to their new home, and the seller gets their money. This final step completes the real estate transaction.

Escrow services play an important role in real estate deals, helping both buyers and sellers to protect their interests.