Question about Escrow: I am working with an out-of-town lender. Who determines who does the escrow? Can the buyer pick that?

Asked by HomeBuyer, 35802 Wed Oct 10, 2012

Who normally does the escrow here in N. AL?

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Robert Simons, , Huntsville, AL
Thu Oct 25, 2012
In the Huntsville/Madison market, the "Escrow" or, as we call it, "Closing" is held typically at a local real estate attorney's office. The standard of practice in this market is that "he who pays the predominate amount of settlement costs" chooses the closing attorney or escrow location.
It IS, a negotiable item between the parties. Good luck in your home buying.
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Trish Hagin, Agent, Huntsville, AL
Wed Oct 10, 2012
The mortgage company always holds the escrow to assure their investment is protected. Most mortgages are usually sold shortly after closing and the escrow follows the loan. They cannot change the terms of the loan as set forth at closing. Hopefully you will find this info helpful and good luck with your new home.
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escrow's can change if the insurance or taxes increase or decrease. Which will change the house payment. However if you have a fixed rate your interest and principal will remain the same. If you have an arm or balloon note those items fluctuate.
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Rodney Mason, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Atlanta, GA
Wed Oct 10, 2012
If by escrow, do you mean the closing attorney or title company? Regardless of the state, that is always the buyer's choice.

If you are purchasing an REO property, its generally easier to use the preferred vendor of the seller.

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Julie Laten, Agent, Madison, AL
Wed Oct 10, 2012
The lender escrows money to protect themselves in the event of foreclosure. Remember the lender owns the house until full payment of borrowed money is paid.
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