The Home Buying Process in Las Vegas, What is Escrow?

What You Need To Know About EscrowOne of the most confusing processes for the uninitiated to go through can be buying of a Las Vegas home. At times it may seem that people are speaking a different language than they have ever heard before. This situation to often leaves a Las Vegas home buyer having to take on blind faith that the brokers, attorneys, escrow agents, inspectors and mortgage agents know what they are doing and acting in the buyers best interest.The Las Vegas real estate agents at The Ballen Group don’t want their clients to ever feel like they are in the dark. Here is a very short course to help spread a little light on the escrow process.When Do You Enter Escrow

The escrow or closing process actually begins once the Las Vegas buyer and the seller have agreed on a price and all the conditions for the sale. At the same time that the sales agreement is signed your Las Vegas real estate agent will collect an agreed upon percentage of the sale price from you and deposit it into an escrow account with an escrow agent.

This known as earnest money and as the name implies it is to show that you are earnest in your desire to buy the property. Think of it as a deposit.

What is an Escrow Agent

An escrow agent is a neutral third party who actually handles all of the funds and documents associated with the buying and selling of the property. Not being a party to the sale, in any way, their function is to make sure that all parts of the sale are executed in an equitable and legal manner. Like a referee or umpire the make sure the rules are followed and that everyone plays fair.

Steps of the Escrow Process

1. Entering Escrow– Set the sells conditions, sign the sells agreement, open and escrow account and deposit earnest money.

2. Bank Appraisal– You should be preapproved before you start looking for a home. Still the bank is going to want their own, independent appraisal to assure the property value will cover the loan amount. Note: The Las Vegas home buyer usually pays for this and if property cannot be sufficiently financed sale is cancelled and earnest money returned.

3. Good Faith Estimate– Once financing is approved you will be given a good faith estimate detailing all of your finances (interest rate, closing cost, inspection fees, etc.) associated with the sale.

4. Obtain inspections– These may or may not be required depending on what area of Las Vegas you are purchasing a home but a general home inspection is always a good idea. Some other inspections you may consider or be required to have are pest inspection, environmental inspection.

5.  Acquire Homeowners Insurance– This is a condition of any mortgage but you don’t have to use their recommended insurance company. Shop around to find your best deal and coverage.

6. Receive Title Report and Title Insurance– These assure you that not one else other than the seller has any claim on the property. In real estate parlance, that the property is unencumbered.

7. Final Walk-Through- One last look around the property.

8. Review Form HUD 1– This is the finale detailed report of all cost associated with the purchase. Check it closely against the good faith estimate to make sure that no mistakes have been made or added cost tacked on.

9. Closing– The last step. Where all the money and finale paperwork gets taken care of. Be prepared to spend half a day signing your name and reviewing documents.

Need more real estate help? Call The Ballen Group’s Las Vegas real estate agents today!

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