The Basic Steps to Closing an Escrow in Arizona

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Basic Steps to Closing

1. Starting the process.

A sales contract is signed by the buyer and seller and delivered to the closing agent, usually with a deposit check. The escrow is accepted by the escrow agent, usually by written notation on the contract. The escrow agent starts the closing process by opening a title order. The file begins to be processed. Tax information, loan payoffs, survey (if necessary), homeowner/maintenance fees, inspections/reports, and hazard and other insurances as well as legal papers are ordered. A title search is ordered.

2. Title search and examination.

This is a search made of the public records. Records searched include deeds, mortgages, paving assessments, liens, wills, divorce settlements and other documents affecting title to the property. Title examination is the examination of the documents found during the title search that affect the title to the property. This is when verification of the legal owner is made and the debts owed against the property are determined. Upon completion of the search and examination, a title commitment/preliminary report is prepared and reviewed and sent out to interested parties.

3. Document preparation and/or request to produce.

The closing agent reviews the new lender’s instructions/requirements, reviews instructions from other parties to the transaction, reviews legal and loan documents, assembles charges, and prepares closing statements and schedules the closing.

4. Settlement/closing the transaction.

Escrow/settlement agent oversees closing of the transaction. Seller signs the deed and closing affidavit. Buyer signs the new note and mortgage. The old loan is paid off. Seller, real estate professionals, attorneys and other parties present at the closing of the transaction are paid.

5. Post-closing.

After the signing has been completed, the escrow/settlement agent will forward payment to any prior lender, and pay all parties who performed services in connection with your closing (if they have not been paid). The transaction documents are recorded in the county in which the property is located. Title insurance policies are prepared and sent to the new lender and to you. This all happens without any further actions by the buyer or seller.

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Stewart Title Guaranty Co. and Stewart Title Company are wholly owned subsidiaries of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-driven, technology-enabled, strategically competitive, real estate information, title insurance and transaction management company. • Established in 1893. Headquartered in Houston, Texas. • Stewart Title is the 3rd largest title company. Comprised of a family of companies, Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries throughout the United States and international markets through a network of owned operations and agencies. • Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. • Stewart delivers global title insurance policies and escrow services in more than 80 countries – spanning Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa – through our network of regional offices in Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. • Stewart is part of the Title Industry, an important part of every American’s life, protecting people’s investments in their homes. • Stewart is prepared for the future. Our deliberate and steady growth has provided a financial position that allows us to continue innovating and spending on key initiatives which will propel us forward in the market and prepare us for the turn around. We have the capacity to leverage the downturn and assure our continued long-standing, value-added position in the real estate space. • At Stewart, we are working diligently to provide products and services that add value to the transaction and simplify the process. Stewart is forward-thinking, friendly to the environment and changing the way people think of title insurance.