Escrow: Now What?

Congratulations, you are on your way to owning your very own home! Follow these suggestions (and the advice of your Realtors ®) so that escrow and settlement with go as smooth as possible.

You will be asked for a down payment on the home you are purchasing. You can choose to put down as much or as little as you want (depending on your mortgage), but remember, the more you put down toward the total price of your home, the less time it will take you to pay off and the less your mortgage payments will be every month.

During this period of purchasing your home, you are going to need an escrow or settlement company to act as an independent third party so that you know when and who to give your money to get the deed to your new home. The escrow or settlement company will hold your deposit and coordinate much of the activity that goes on during the escrow period. This deposit check may also be held by an attorney or in the broker's trust account. Make sure that there are sufficient funds in your account to cover this check.

The deposit check will be cashed. Assuming the sale goes through, this money will be applied to the purchase price of the home. If for any reason the sale is not consummated, you may be entitled to receive all of your deposit back, less standard cancellation fees. In certain instances, the seller may be able to retain this money as liquidated damages. Prior to executing a purchase contract, it would be wise to speak with your counsel regarding whether or not it is your best interest to have a liquidated damages clause as part of the contract.

1. The period that you are "in escrow" is often 30 days, but may be longer or shorter. During this time, each item specified in the contract must be completed satisfactorily. By the time you have opened escrow, you have come to an agreement with the seller on the closing date and the contingencies. Each contract is different, but most include the following: 1. Inspection contingency: this should be completed as soon as possible after the contract to purchase is signed as unsatisfactory results of the inspection may mean that you will want to cancel the contract.
2. Financing contingency: Once the contract is signed, you have a period of time to secure funding. If, for any reason, you are unable to secure funding during the period of time granted to you by the contract (and the seller will not provide a written extension of time), you must decide whether you want to remove the contingency and take your chances on getting a loan. You may choose to cancel the purchase contract.
3. A requirement that the seller must provide marketable title. With an attorney or title officer, review the title report. The title must be "clear" to ensure that you do not have legal issues regarding your ownership. Check into local and state ordinances regarding property transfer and make sure that you and/or the seller have complied with them.
4. Secure homeowner's insurance. This will probably be required before you can close the sale. Due to such requirements as special fire and earthquake insurance, obtaining this insurance may require a lengthy period of time. It would be in your best interest to apply for insurance as soon as possible after the contract is signed.
5. Contact local utility companies to schedule to have service turned on when you close escrow.
6. Schedule the final walk-through inspection. At this time, you should make sure that the property is exactly as the contract says it should be. What you thought to be a "permanently attached" chandelier that would come with the property might have been removed by the seller and replaced with a different fixture entirely.

You've made it! Once the sale has closed, you're the proud owner of a new home. Congratulations!

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5022 Hagin Dr Panama City,  FL 32404
$350,000
Neighborhood: Callaway Heights
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,835
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736847
MLS
Welcome to the Azalea**Proudly brought to you by Coastal Classic Homes where you are given a modern, beautifully built custom home. This New Construction home offers an open floor plan with plenty of...
$355,900
Neighborhood: Whisper Dunes
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,496
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736848
MLS
Great opportunity to own a nice townhome about a mile away from the white sandy beaches & 5 minutes to Pier Park. You'll love the spacious floor plan & the amenities of the community. Downstairs...
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1869 Pointe Dr Panama City Beach,  FL 32407
$335,000
Neighborhood: Hathaway Townhomes
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,542
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736841
MLS
Welcome to Hathaway Townhomes! This is an incredible opportunity to own a townhome in Panama City Beach. When you enter you'll find gorgeous luxury vinyl plank flooring, granite countertops in...
$475,000
Neighborhood: No Named Subdivision
5
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,627
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736852
MLS
This Home is built by one of Bay Counties most sought after builders, Brick home with spacious floor plan, custom solid wood cabinets, Quartz counter tops, Upgraded light fixtures, doors, Insulation,...
$325,000
Neighborhood: Edgewater Golf Villas 3A
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,137
Sq.Ft.
1985
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736857
MLS
Ground floor unit with beautiful views of the 7th fairway. This spacious condo offers two bedrooms with two full baths and has been partially updated. The master bedroom has sliding glass doors that...
$369,500
Neighborhood: Magnolia Bay Club
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,485
Sq.Ft.
2008
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736858
MLS
Waterfront 3bed/3bath condo in gated community of Magnolia Bay club. Has beautiful views of St. Andrews Bay from the master bedroom, the living room, the kitchen ,and the large balcony. Only a short...
$199,900
Neighborhood: Fontainebleau Terrace
1
Baths
330
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736861
MLS
Enjoy Panama City Beach at the Fontainebleau Terrace! This is a great vacation rental, or personal use family getaway. Rental income yields around $30k, depending on your personal use. On site...
$349,000
Neighborhood: Carillon Beach Inn
1
Beds
1
Baths
530
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736865
MLS
UPDATED and BEAUTIFULLY FINISHED! Must see, 3rd floor with great views overlooking Lake Carillon. Beach access and pools available in Carillon. Shops and restaurants within easy distance. Panama...
$199,900
Neighborhood: Fontainebleau Terrace
1
Baths
330
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736869
MLS
Enjoy Panama City Beach at the Fontainebleau Terrace! This is a great vacation rental, or personal use family getaway. Rental income yields around $30k, depending on your personal use. On site...
$599,000
Neighborhood: Pinnacle Port
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
983
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736871
MLS
This recently renovated 2 bedroom 2.5 bath condo is perfectly located in the private, gated community of Carillon Beach. This unit has incredible views of the gulf and Lake Powell. You can see the...
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125 Tierra Verde Way #Lot 12 Panama City Beach,  FL 32407
5
Beds
3
Baths
3,113
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736873
MLS
Price reduced for a limited time. The McKenzie plan is an exquisite 5 bed, 3 bath home located in the TierraVerde III community! Conveniently located to nearby schools, restaurants, 5 minutes to the...
$435,000
Neighborhood: Tidewater Beach Phase II
1
Beds
1
Baths
787
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736875
MLS
Tidewater Beach Resort is in the heart of the vacation rental tourism district. The resort is within walking distance of Russell-Fields Pier, the shopping, dining & entertainment amenities of Pier...
$280,000
Neighborhood: [No Recorded Subdiv]
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,416
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736876
MLS
This home could be the perfect place for you! Location Location Location, centrally located in desirable community of Lynn Haven. Conveniently located near stores, restaurants, schools, and a quick...
$559,000
Neighborhood: Sunnyside
2
Beds
1
Baths
624
Sq.Ft.
1952
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736879
MLS
THE INTERIOR OF THE HOME HAS BEEN GUTTED.
$395,000
Neighborhood: Gulf Highlands
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,296
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
1
Day on Site
736881
MLS
Come experience the best of coastal living with this conveniently located 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home! With premier attractions like Pier Park, Frank Brown Park, and multiple public beach accesses,...
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1220 New York Ave Lynn Haven,  FL 32444
$245,000
Neighborhood: Lynn Haven
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,440
Sq.Ft.
1945
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736541
MLS
New to the Market! Nestled on a large corner lot in the heart of Lynn Haven this 3 Bed 2 Bath home is perfect for anyone looking to live in Bay County! This home is centrally located in Lynn Haven...
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292 Hugh Thomas Dr Panama City,  FL 32404
$315,000
Neighborhood: Grimes Callaway Bayou Est U-1
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,540
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736798
MLS
This adorable home is situated in a wonderful neighborhood on a large lot in an X flood zone. Sit on your front porch and watch the mullet jump in Callaway Bayou. The home's open floor plan features...
$250,000
Neighborhood: Grand Lagoon Cove Condominium
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,080
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736801
MLS
***UPDATED PHOTOS Jan. 19th***Beautiful 2 bed 2 1/2 bath unit at Grand Lagoon Cove. Unit is directly across from the tennis courts and next to the community pool. All new vinyl plank flooring,...
$449,000
Neighborhood: College Station Phase 3
5
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,627
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736802
MLS
Bay Counties newest community has come to life, These homes are built by one of Bay Counties most sought after builders, Brick homes with spacious floor plans, custom solid wood cabinets, Quartz...
$465,000
Neighborhood: Gulf Highlands Beach Resort
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,512
Sq.Ft.
1996
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736806
MLS
Wonderful opportunity to own this Extra-Large, Fully Furnished, Fully Updated, Rental Ready End Unit on the Canal. This beautiful townhome is located on the island, only a 3 min short walk to the...
$290,000
Neighborhood: Mill Point
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,319
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736808
MLS
Zillow is Wrong. address is 3508 Mill Point Cove, panama city Fl 32404...Bay Counties newest community has come to life, These homes are built by one of Bay Counties most sought after builders, Brick...
$750,000
Neighborhood: Sweetbay
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,368
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736809
MLS
Rare opportunity to purchase the largest floor plan in waterfront SweetBay! This home was originally built by Samuel Taylor Homes and features 5 bedrooms plus bonus room. A front bedroom can also...
$259,900
Neighborhood: St And Bay Dev Co
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,375
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736816
MLS
2023 NEW CONSTRUCTION NEAR TYNDALL AFB - This brand-new affordable home will feature 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, an open floor plan (great for entertaining), an interior laundry room, and luxury vinyl plank...
$189,900
Neighborhood: Pine Forest Est Ph 1
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,352
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736826
MLS
Great price on nice 3 bedroom home in Lynn Haven. Home features large lot, detached storage and carport, fireplace, quartz counter tops. Home needs flooring and some minor repairs and cosmetic...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,750
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736827
MLS
New Short-term approved listing on Panama City Beach. This 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is located just a few blocks from the beach! Walking into the home, you will notice the large open concept...
$539,400
Neighborhood: Palmetto Trace Phase III
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,361
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736829
MLS
Welcome to 208 Bainbridge St, well-maintained, 4Bed / 2 Bath, Palmetto Trace beauty! Neighborhood amenities include 2 pools, sidewalks, street lamps, golf cart friendly, walk to Pier Park, Frank...
$367,000
Neighborhood: Point Royal Homes Unit 2
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,229
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736831
MLS
Fantastic location for your busy family! This one owner home with large living spaces both indoor and out give many options for enjoyment. The quiet street is minutes away from the beach,...
$239,000
Neighborhood: Fontainebleau Terrace
1
Baths
330
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736832
MLS
Fontainebleau Terrace, iconic landmark in Panama City Beach, located on the Gulf of Mexico, enormous pool, sun deck, private beach and just a few steps before your toes are in the sugar white sand...
$340,000
Neighborhood: Lakeside By The Gulf
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,194
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736833
MLS
Take advantage of this extremely rare opportunity to own a property nestled in one of the most unique locations on Panama City Beach. Just a short walk or golf cart ride to shopping at Pier Park, or...
$319,000
Neighborhood: Nowell Court
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,290
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736834
MLS
Beautiful updated pool home with all the modern touches. You will love walking through the front door into this totally renovated contemporary home. Fresh paint gives that new home feel. The kitchen...
$625,000
Neighborhood: Seaclusion Beach
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,898
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736835
MLS
WELCOME TO PANAMA CITY BEACH LIVING!! This fully furnished home sits in the Seclusion Beach Subdivision and has a private gated deeded beach access. You are just a short distance to the Gulf of...
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6505 Minneola St Callaway,  FL 32404
$274,500
Neighborhood: C A Taylor's 2nd Addition Calaway
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,566
Sq.Ft.
1976
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736838
MLS
OPEN HOUSE 28 JAN FROM 11:00AM TO 5:00PM. ENTIRELY RENOVATED 4/2 BRICK HOME WITHIN 5 MILES OF TYNDALL AFB. TILE FLOOR THROUGHOUT, BRAND NEW STOVE AND ALL OTHER APPLIANCES 3 YEARS OLD. HVAC SYSTEM...
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1128 Hickory Ave Panama City,  FL 32401
$449,000
Neighborhood: No Named Subdivision
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,176
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
2
Days on Site
736843
MLS
Don't miss out on this one of a kind find in the heart of the Charming Historic St Andrews.This incredible home has 3br/2.5ba, an office that could easily be used as a 4th bedroom, and a bonus room...
$249,000
Neighborhood: Southport
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,236
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
3
Days on Site
736380
MLS
Newly updated home located on just over half an acre corner lot and new pole barn, so lots of space to add outdoor living and entertainment or whatever you may need, or divide the back portion to...
$199,000
Neighborhood: Fontainebleau Terrace
1
Baths
330
Sq.Ft.
1965
Year Built
3
Days on Site
736763
MLS
Top Floor at Fontainebleau Terrace overlooking the protected pristine Bee-da-wee beach. From your room enjoy the fabulous emerald coast white sandy beach. This unit is perfect for a second home or...
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7516 Chipewa St Panama City,  FL 32404
$429,000
Neighborhood: Baxter Subdivision
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,099
Sq.Ft.
1984
Year Built
3
Days on Site
736765
MLS
Waterfront home with Gulf access! Sitting on a large lot with 104ft of waterfront. This home is a must see. Completely remodeled. Items include energy efficient A/C unit, Water heater, Garage doors,...

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