Masters Title & Escrow welcomes the opportunity to help you with your upcoming settlement.
Important! Recent changes to government regulations as well as underwriting guidelines now instruct title companies to require all funds received from buyers/borrowers to be submitted by electronic bank wire. Thus, we are forbidden and no longer able to accept checks prior to, or at closing for amounts exceeding $2500.00. Please be sure to wire funds using wiring instructions we provide to you. Note that we NEVER change wire instructions.
HAZARD AND/OR FLOOD INSURANCE: Check with your lender (if any) regarding necessary insurances and have your insurance agent send us the insurance binder with a bill or paid receipt.
PHOTO IDENTIFICATION: Some of the documents you will be signing at settlement may need to be notarized, and if so you will need to provide a valid, government-issued form of photo identification such as a driver license or passport.
CORPORATE MATTERS: If the buyer is an entity (LLC, corporation, etc.), we will need copies of formation/operating/good standing documents. The purchasing entity will also need to identify who will be signing closing documents on its behalf.
SURVEY MATTERS: In connection with the purchase of many properties, a licensed surveyor may be engaged to prepare a location drawing. Since a location drawing is not a boundary survey and does not identify property boundary lines, State Regulations may require us to have your approval.
TITLE INSURANCE: We will be generating a title insurance commitment and a copy of the commitment will be made available to you upon your request or at the time of your closing.
SETTLEMENT INFORMATION: Your sales contract may contain a settlement date but until the exact time and place has been confirmed with us your settlement has not been scheduled. Please contact us once all parties have agreed on the final settlement date and location.
Below you will find a form to send us information we'll need to move forward.
full address of the property you are purchasing
If known -- for example M23-xxxxx
Will you be paying all CASH or obtaining a loan?
Name, phone, email
Choice of Tenancy
The below examples are provided for information purposes only and are not to be considered or substituted for legal advice.
SOLE OWNER: An undivided interest by one person with no other party having a right or interest in or to the Property.
TENANTS BY THE ENTIRETY: An undivided interest by a married couple, with the right to the entire property passing to the surviving spouse upon the death of one (1) spouse.
JOINT TENANTS: An equal ownership interest by all parties named on the deed with rights of ownership vesting in the survivor of all owners.
Example: Andy, Beth and Charles own Blackacre one-third (1/3) each. If Beth dies, Andy and Charles will each own one-half (1/2) of Blackacre.
TENANTS IN COMMON: An individual ownership interest in a portion of the Property (either equal or unequal) with another party and sharing a common interest and right to use as to the whole. Tenants in Common does not provide for survivorship rights. Thus, a will is recommended to identify the recipient of the ownership interest upon the death of one of the owners.
We direct Masters Title & Escrow to utilize the tenancy selected below in preparing all documentation relating to the Property.
Example 1: Andy, Beth and Charles own Blackacre. Beth owns seventy percent (70%), Andy owns twenty percent (20%), and Charles owns ten percent (10%). Charles dies. Charles had a will which states that his interest should pass to his mother, Charlene. Charlene now owns a ten percent (10%) interest in Blackacre. If Charles dies without a will, his ten percent (10%) interest shall pass in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the property is located.
Example 2: Andy and Beth are married but own Blackacre with Charles. Andy and Beth own a sixty percent (60%) interest in Blackacre, which they hold as Tenants by the Entirety. Charles owns a forty percent (40%) interest in Blackacre. As between Charles and the unit made up of Andy and Beth, the parties own Blackacre as Tenants in Common, forty percent (40%) to Charles and sixty percent (60%) to Andy and Beth jointly.
Please provide a breakdown of ownership percentages (must add up to 100%)
Location drawings cost approximately $200, but can be more expensive depending on the size of the property. Boundary surveys cost $750+.
If you do want a boundary survey, please contact us immediately because they take considerably longer to perform than location drawings.
Notice is hereby given that in connection with a loan to be secured by a mortgage/deed of trust on the above property, your lender (if any) is requiring issuance of a title insurance policy, which policy will provide protection ONLY to the lender. You are hereby notified of your right and opportunity to obtain simultaneously with said lender’s title insurance policy an owner's title insurance policy designed to insure you as to the status of your title. Such owner's policy will be issued in the amount of the total purchase price.
The owner's policy will be subject only to the contingencies and conditions contained in the binder, title report and policy. You have the right to review a sample of the form of policy in which said exceptions and exclusions will appear. The owner's policy will not be effective until its issuance after the requirements contained in the commitment issued to the mortgagee have been met and payment made of the applicable premium.
By submitting this form I/we hereby acknowledge receipt of this Notice, prior to the disbursement of any funds.
In the event that the parties have requested that Masters Title & Escrow ("MTE") hold in escrow the earnest money deposit due from the buyer for the settlement of the subject property (the "Deposit”), then these terms shall apply. MTE will immediately inform both Buyer and Seller in the event the Deposit is returned due to dishonored funds. The Deposit is to be retained without interest by MTE on the following terms and conditions:
1. The Deposit shall be disbursed at settlement. In the event the contract shall be terminated or settlement does not occur, Buyer and Seller agree that the Deposit shall be disbursed by MTE in accordance with a Release of Deposit agreement executed by Buyer and Seller. In the event Buyer and/or Seller fail to complete the real estate transaction in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract, and either Buyer or Seller shall be unable or unwilling to execute a Release of Deposit agreement, or if the contract contains a different standard for release, Buyer and Seller hereby agree that MTE may distribute the Deposit in accordance with Section 2, below.
2. Prior to distributing the Deposit under this section, MTE will make best efforts to notify both the Buyer and Seller that MTE intends to distribute the Deposit to the person who, in the good faith opinion of counsel for MTE, is entitled to receive the Deposit in accordance with the terms of the contract. The notice will disclose to the Buyer and Seller that either party may prevent distribution of the Deposit by submitting a written protest within 10 days from the date the notice was sent by MTE; and if neither party submits a protest within 10 days from the date the notice was sent by MTE, the Deposit will be distributed in accordance with the notice. The parties understand and agree that if the notice indicates that MTE intends to release the Deposit and a party does not respond or take any action, the Deposit will be disbursed without court intervention.
3. In the event costs or expenses, including attorneys fees, are incurred by MTE because of litigation or otherwise, arising out of the holding of the Deposit, MTE shall be entitled to reimburse itself out of the Deposit for any such costs and expenses, inclusive of attorneys fees. If MTE is unable for any reason to reimburse itself out of the funds, the undersigned parties do hereby jointly and severally agree to indemnify MTE for any and all costs and expenses, including attorneys fees, that MTE may incur in good faith pursuant to this Agreement.
4. It is understood and agreed that the event of a dispute, MTE, may in its absolute discretion pay the funds into Court and allow the Court to determine the proper disposition of the Deposit or continue to hold the funds pending receipt by MTE of uniform written direction from all parties hereto.
5. MTE, acting as escrow agent, shall not be liable for any error of judgment or for any act taken or omitted to be taken in good faith or in reliance on any written notice, certificate or other documents believed by it in good faith to be genuine and to be signed or submitted by an authorized signatory.
6. This agreement may be executed electronically and in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
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