Do both the Buyer and Seller have to sign the same copy of escrow documents or can they sign separate copies and the escrow agent join both together?

Asked by thisbusygirl, Torrance, CA Tue Apr 2, 2013

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Manuel Ramir…, Home Buyer, California
Wed Apr 3, 2013
No, each of the Buyer and Seller receive the escrow documents separately that they have to sign separately and get it submitted to the Escrow Officer which then clipped in escrow file. Si, it might have become clear that Buyer and Seller sign separate copies of the escrow papers.
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LaurenCotner, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Wed Jun 5, 2013
They Can each sign their own. Typically an Escrow officer will send each party their docs, and then the escrow company will have the both signed. Buyer and seller is only responsible for their side (that's why we have escrow companies) could you imagine if we had to keep both sides. If you ever had to recall if the seller signed, you can ask for them (as long as their is not private information) .

Hope that helps.
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Mandy Chreti…, , Torrance, CA
Mon Apr 15, 2013
No, they can be signed separately since they are usually mailed out the buyer and seller separately. Once escrow receives them back, they are put into the escrow file together.
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thisbusygirl, Home Seller, Torrance, CA
Tue Apr 2, 2013
Many thanks for all your answers - I just asked because I don't live in USA and it's a different system than we have; just wanted to make sure things were being carried out correctly! Feeling much more confident now.
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Josh Barnett, Agent, Carney, OK
Tue Apr 2, 2013
Separate copies can be signed if the proper wording is placed on the settlement statement.
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Rosetta Burn…, Agent, Gardena, CA
Tue Apr 2, 2013
No,They can sign separately .
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Steve Rosema…, Agent, Redondo Beach, CA
Tue Apr 2, 2013
In most cases Buyer and Seller are not at both at the Escrow office at the same time. So the Buyer and Seller each receive the escrow documents. They sign them separately and return them to the Escrow officer. Both signed documents are then put into the escrow file.
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Tony Warfield, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Tue Apr 2, 2013
Buyers and sellers get their own copies of escrow instructions and they are returned to escrow . You don't have to worry about sending them to each other for signatures.
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Shanna Rogers, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Tue Apr 2, 2013
Hi thisbusygirl,

Buyer and Seller can sign separate copies of the escrow papers.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
http://www.RealtyBySR.com
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Apr 2, 2013
You will sign the Originals and at the same time, you will be given the Buyer's Copy.
Why would this be a concern for you?
I've never heard this question before.
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Apr 2, 2013
I have seen many escrow documents where buyer and seller sign their own distinct copy...why do you ask?
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