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Asked by Thom Colby, Irvine, CA Wed Feb 17, 2010

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Dennis Smith, Agent, Carlsbad, CA
Wed Feb 17, 2010
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Thom,

Just like with agents, it is not the company they work for but the individual escrow officer, appraiser or inspector.

I have followed Carrie from two Title Co Escrows where she was the branch manager, to NCE. She does an excellent job. I can not recommend her highly enough.
Carrie Perkins, Escrow Officer
North County Escrow, Inc.
Office: (760) 729-3600 x106
Carrie@ncescrow.net

Another note, I heard you can not use a Real Estate Co Escrow unless one of the parties is in that company.

I have been using Andy for 9 years. He is excellent and not cheap, but the average 1700 sqft home is 4+ hours to inspect. He is CREIA & ASHI
Andy French
Accredited Inspections
http://www.realty-inspector.com
(619)985-3902 He answers his phone almost anytime
2543 Boundary St.
San Diego CA 92104-5313

Lots of years of local experience & knowledge
Fitzgerald Appraisal
Bill Fitzgerald
(619)226-6089
jfitzgerald@pacbell.net

Hope this helps.

Dennis Smith, ABR, SRES, e-PRO, CDPE, Realtor® Lic #00476662
Taylor Place Real Estate
Buy or Sell a Home with Me, Use my Moving Truck - F R E E for life.
dennis@SanDiegoHomes4u.com
760-436-0087, or cell at 760-212-8225
http://www.sandiegohomes4u.com/home.htm
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Mark Mills, Agent, San Diego, CA
Wed Feb 17, 2010
Try Heritage Escrow, located next to Balboa Park (in the Mr A's building on the street level.
2550 Fifth Ave., Suite 136
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 234-2010
(619) 234-2080 fax
If you need an escrow officer there, I like Kim Vanderford
http://www.heritageescrow.com/
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Sharyn & Vi…, , San Diego, CA
Wed Feb 17, 2010
Grossmont Escrow
7870 El Cajon Boulevard
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 469-2181
Betty Howland or Susan

You can always get them on the phone and they can expedite quicker than quick. I have used them for years and years.

Cook Appraisal Service
http://swww.jrcookappraisals.com
4215 Spring Street
La Mesa, CA 91941-7984
(619) 668-4747

I have known Jeff and have used his appraisal services for years. Excellent and very honest and competent.

Hope that helps.

Sharyn
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Jan 9, 2014
I have had positive experience with Elite Escrow on Mercury St. - Belinda Bales has been my escrow officer for years.
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Thanks but I asked this question 4 years ago and worked with Heritage in downtown - they were terrific !
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Sharyn Seymo…, Agent, San Marcos, CA
Thu Jan 9, 2014
I have had great service from Chicago Title and Escrow. Let me know and I can recommend an excellent escrow officer with years of experience. She can solve the problems when they come up.
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Thanks but I asked this question 4 years ago and worked with Heritage in downtown - they were terrific !
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richd48show, , San Diego, CA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
I need an escrow to facilitate a loan and transfer of funds...how much? ...no title insurance or anything just transferring funds
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Thom Colby, Agent, Irvine, CA
Mon Mar 8, 2010
Hii Folks -

Thanks again for all of your help and suggestions. We worked with Heritage Escrow & Kim Vanderford. She was absolutely terrific and got our deal closed in record time!

My newly found experience with agents in San Diego is terrific - you are the best !

Cheers,

Thom Colby
Broker / REALTOR
Southern CA
Web Reference:  http://www.thomcolby.com
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Middleton And…, Agent, La Jolla, CA
Fri Feb 19, 2010
For a great inspector,
Chris with Aztec Inspections is great:
858-845-9329
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John Stacy, Agent, Chula Vista, CA
Thu Feb 18, 2010
Thom,

Regarding home inspector, I highly recommend Mike Dowell with Dowell Home Inspections (see link).

With Kind Regards,

John Stacy
Bank Owned and Short Sale Specialist
Weichert Realtors Elite
619.892.2985 cell
john@johnstacysellshomes.com
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Thom Colby, Agent, Irvine, CA
Thu Feb 18, 2010
All,

Thank you for your recommendations. I often answer Trulia Questions myself and thought - why not turn to my Trulia Colleagues for this question? You've provided great resources and I will use them.

Dennis, you are correct if an Escrow company is a "DRE Licensed" Escrow Company (affiliated with a RE Company) one side of the transaction must be with that RE company. If they are a "DOC Licensed" escrow compnay, they are completely independent and can handle escrows for any transaction, anywhere in the State of California.

Thanks again and if I can assist any of you in OC or Long Beach, don't hesitate to contact me.

Cheers,

Thom Colby
Broker / REALTOR
Orange County, CA
Web Reference:  http://www.thomcolby.com
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Katrina Hami…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Feb 18, 2010
Well Thom,

You've reached the best of the best, my compliments to Francine. Heritage Escow on 5th - Christopher Portillo, compliments to him as well. He has gone the extra mile, month long stretches, to accomplish short sales for me. I've never had one turned down.
Web Reference:  http://www.downtownreos.com
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Francine Finn…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Feb 18, 2010
I would suggest Jessie at Heritage Escrow on 5th Avenue. Great follow through, always goes the extra mile and has many years of experience.
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Ronda Dacus, Agent, Denton County, TX
Wed Feb 17, 2010
I agree with Jeffrey...Heritage Escrow. As far as inspectors, LandAmerica Home Inspectors at (800) 285-3001 ask for Brian Chatfield.
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Nick Ruiz, , San Diego, CA
Wed Feb 17, 2010
Thom,

Not sure off the top of my head if the inspectors are independent but I have always used "Amerispec" for my home inspections, I want to believe my father said it was a husband/wife deal but then again...??

Best of luck on your closing!

Nick
Web Reference:  http://www.nickruiz.com
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Jeffrey Doug…, , San Diego, CA
Wed Feb 17, 2010
Dear Thom, seems like those are few and far between lately. I like Heritage Escrow which does not have any real estate company affiliation that I am aware of, however I think they are now owned by First American Title.

Congratulations on your sale!
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Jane Grant, Agent, Aguanga, CA
Wed Feb 17, 2010
Thom: Chicago Title and Escrow - I don't think they are affiliated with any Real Estate Company and they are the most thorough!

and......Russel Ray...... home inspector!

Just Google him, he is the best. And please tell him I referred him to you!
Web Reference:  http://www.soreal.biz
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