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Short Sale Escrow Services

Our escrow officers have years of experience helping investors and consumers through the complex process of auction sale escrows providing full management and action as a neutral third-party to close the real estate transaction within the guidelines set forth in the contract while serving as the depository of funds.

Closing escrow on auction sales in California requires an experienced escrow team capable of handling any issues that may arise to delay closing. There are specific requirements that must be met. Secured Trust Escrow manages every detail of auction sale transactions with knowledge and expertise to ensure a smooth process with excellent service. Contact us for more information.

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About Short Sale Escrows

A short sale is a unique sort of real estate transaction in which the seller sells the home for less than the amount owed on the mortgage. The previous mortgage must be discharged by the lender before the property title can be released and transferred to a new buyer at closing. This usually happens when the mortgage is paid off in full. In the instance of a short sale, however, the lender will agree to accept less than the whole amount owing. This is a unique escrow situation that demands skill and experience to negotiate, and you can trust that our staff has the expertise to finish your short sale transaction successfully anywhere in California.

What We Do For Our California Short Sale Clients

Before and during the closing of a short sale escrow transaction, there are a number of measures that must be performed to ensure that the transaction is completed as quickly as possible. The seller’s lender, for example, should consent to the short sale in writing and be aware of the details of the short sale before closing. We’ve been dealing with short sales for years and know what it takes to get the job done. We also employ cutting-edge technology, including cutting-edge encryption and security measures, to protect all parties against fraud and other sorts of criminal activity.

How Can We Assist You With Your Short Sale?

Our escrow agents in Los Angeles will walk you through the short sale closing procedure with ease, whether you’re a buyer or a seller. We know the usual dangers and snags that these types of transactions encounter, and we know how to reduce the probability that your transaction will encounter them. Look for an escrow company that specializes in short sales if you’re arranging a closing for a short sale escrow transaction. For assistance with your transaction, please contact one of our pleasant and professional escrow agents at today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Short Sale Escrow Accounts

Here are 20 frequently asked questions specifically about short sale escrow accounts in California:

1. What is a short sale escrow account in California?
A short sale escrow account in California is used when a property is sold for less than the amount owed on the mortgage, with the lender’s approval.

2. Who typically manages the short sale escrow account in California?
An escrow company or attorney often manages the short sale escrow account, ensuring funds and documents are handled correctly.

3. What is the purpose of a short sale escrow account in California?
The short sale escrow account holds funds during the sale process, ensuring a secure transaction and proper distribution of proceeds.

4. Who selects the escrow company for a short sale in California?
The seller (homeowner) or the seller’s agent typically selects the escrow company for a short sale in California.

5. Can the buyer’s agent choose the escrow company for a short sale in California?
While it’s possible, the final choice is usually made by the seller or the seller’s representative.

6. Are there specific regulations governing short sale escrow accounts in California?
While there are general escrow regulations, there might be additional considerations due to the unique nature of short sales.

7. Can a buyer’s attorney be involved in a short sale escrow process in California?
Yes, a buyer’s attorney can provide legal guidance throughout the short sale escrow process.

8. What documents are typically required for a short sale escrow account in California?
Required documents often include the purchase agreement, title documents, short sale approval letter, financial statements, and disclosures.

9. Can the funds in a short sale escrow account be released before the sale is completed in California?
Funds are usually held until the sale closes and all terms of the agreement are met.

10. What happens if there’s a disagreement over the distribution of short sale escrow funds in California?
Escrow companies often have dispute resolution procedures. Legal action might be needed if no resolution is reached.

11. Are there specific fees associated with short sale escrow accounts in California?
Escrow fees for short sales can vary based on the complexity of the transaction and services provided.

12. Can the terms of the short sale escrow arrangement be negotiated in California?
Yes, parties can negotiate specific terms for the short sale escrow arrangement within legal guidelines.

13. Is using an escrow company mandatory for short sales in California?
While not always mandatory, using an escrow company is recommended to ensure a transparent and secure process.

14. What happens if the short sale is not approved by the lender during the escrow process?
If the lender doesn’t approve the short sale, the transaction may not proceed, and the property might go through foreclosure.

15. Can the buyer inspect the property during the short sale escrow process in California?
Yes, buyers usually have the opportunity to conduct inspections during the escrow period.

16. Can a short sale escrow account be used for a property in pre-foreclosure?
Short sale escrow accounts are often utilized when a property is actively listed for sale as a short sale.

17. Can an out-of-state buyer use a short sale escrow company in California?
Yes, buyers from outside California can use a short sale escrow company, but adherence to California regulations is important.

18. Can the short sale escrow process be expedited in California?
While timelines can be negotiated, certain factors like lender approval and document reviews may impact the process duration.

19. What role does the short sale listing agent play in the escrow process in California?
The short sale listing agent works on behalf of the seller to facilitate the transaction, including coordinating with the escrow company.

20. Can a homeowner initiate a short sale without the lender’s approval in California?
While homeowners can list their property for sale, the lender’s approval is crucial for the short sale to proceed and the terms to be honored.

Always consult legal professionals and experts familiar with California’s real estate practices and regulations when navigating short sale escrow accounts in the state, as real estate laws and regulations can change over time.

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