And, YES! you should get a CHECK at the Escrow Closing.
In fact, you may get another check, a week or two later; The Escrow Companies often will have a small residual: They cannot ever not have enough money to Close, so they will pad the accounts by a few hundred dollars.
You know, the Title company works for you; the Escrow Officer is yours for the asking, for questions and problems.
It depends if the seller has equity in their home. If there is enough equity after closing costs and related expenses, the seller could receive a check upon funding, which occurs the day of or day after closing.
If the home is being sold as a short sale, it's possible to receive a check if the seller qualified for HAFA.
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