Controlled escrow companies are non-licensed businesses that can be owned by a variety of entities, including Real Estate Brokers, Mortgage Brokers, Banks, Savings and Loans, and Title Insurance Companies. Â Such companies fall under the jurisdiction and requirements of a variety of supervising agencies, with regulations and requirements that vary widely.
One fact remains constant, The independent escrow companies licensed by the Department of Corporations have the most stringent regulations designed to protect consumers. They simply have higher standards.
The requirements of the Department of Corporations assure that every licensed escrow company meets the highest standards in the industry. Consumer protection rules & regulations unique to Licensed Escrow Companies include the following:
A Certification Program for all employees in the company, including fingerprinting and background checks by the Department of Justice..
A requirement that a manager/escrow officer with 5 years of experience be on-site.
Financial stability requirement, including a minimum of two audits per year.
Prohibiting employment of convicted felons or anyone who has been disbarred from the escrow industry.
Membership with the Escrow Agents Fidelity Corporation, which provides a $5 million fidelity bond.
In my opinion, the bottom line is that an independent licensed escrow company is the best possible neutral third party to complete your real estate transaction. Whether searching for an escrow holder yourself, or looking to recommend one to a client or friend, a licensed escrow company gives peace of mind.Corona is home to some of the best independent escrow companies in California: New Dimensions Escrow, Emerald Escrow, Town and Country Escrow and Cornerstone Escrow are all members of the professional organization, The Escrow Institute.*
*EIC members are licensed by the California Department of Corporations, undergo background checks and fingerprinting by the California Department of Justice and are bonded by the Escrow Agentsâ€™ Fidelity Corporation.