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Archive for January, 2013

All title companies created equal?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Thursday, January 24th, 2013

No, they aren’t. To take this a step further, escrow officers are not all the same either. One of the advantages we have is that we have dealt with every major title/escrow company at one time or another. (in markets we service.) In addition to this, we have worked with countless escrow officers along the way. So what’s the difference?

As you probably already know, the fees vary only slightly. The only exception ($) to this involves binder policies, investor rates for repeat clients, etc… but for your average seller, the difference is service and convenience. Good rules of thumb to follow:

1) Pick a company that is reputable and has multiple offices across your state

2) Pick a company with an office close to your location

3) Pick an escrow officer for whom you have a personal referral from a friend, colleague, or someone you trust.

At the end of the day, you will be dealing with the escrow officer yourself. Your level of satisfaction will be determined by this person. So why do I care as a seller? The escrow officer has the ability to make the transaction become a complete nightmare for you. You want to work with someone that will make the process easier, not more difficult. Choose wisely.

We are available to provide recommendations and referrals upon request. We do not receive any perks/kickbacks/etc… from any title/escrow company or officer. We provider our recommendations solely on the idea that we want your closing experience to be simple and hassle free.

The best way to return my MLS paperwork?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The easiest and best way to return your MLS paperwork is via email to info@congressrealty.com. You can email your documents and photos all at the same time.

What format is preferred?

Typically, any format will work, however, PDF for the listing documents and jpegs for the photos is preferred.

Do you have file size restrictions?

We do not.

How will you know my paperwork is for my account?

Everything we need to create your account is included within your listing agreement.

Is there anything else I should know?

If you choose to fax the documents, no problem. It is not a bad idea to give us a call to ensure we have them after you send the fax. This is especially true if you are faxing the documents from a public location. (such as a Kinkos)

I don’t want to include my payment info when I email the documents.

No problem. Email the docs with a note that you will call us with the payment info at a later time.