How To Loose Your Escrow 101


It’s so much simpler than you think! Scary isn’t it?

I’ll write this post from a buyer’s perspective. To be more precise, am writing this post due to a recent closing where I represented the buyer for a home located at Encore / Panache, a community in West Kendall. And NO…my buyer did not loose his deposit. We closed…yeeeah!

So get ready. Any sellers reading this post? Smile…heck…you’re the one that stands to get the money 🙂

The possibility of loosing your good faith deposit when buying a home is tied up to several financing contingencies. But none of them are as important as the letter of commitment contingency (LOC). And the date when you are to provide this LOC to the seller is determined during contract negotiations.

This date should be as important as your wedding anniversary (or divorced date) or your child’s birth. YES…it’s that important considering deposits range in the thousands of dollars.

The obvious reason is because you forgot the date or didn’t even know you had to provide this letter.

WRONG! There is only ONE way to loose your deposit. And the answer is: your real estate agent and mortgage broker f##ked up. Pardon my language, but am very “passionate” about this type of negligence.

Simply put. During contract negotiations…it is when this LOC date is established. Who writes the contract? Your real estate agent. Once you have an executed contract, it gets delivered to your lender to start financing process. Who’s in between you and your lender? The mortgage broker.

So what’s the moral of the story here? Always inquire about the safety of your deposit. And keep asking verbally and in writing until the deal closes. During the purchase process, there are too many balls you have to juggle to be on top of everything. And you should not have to.

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