BUYING A HOME IN ARIZONA
CLOSING YOUR ESCROW
WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE CLOSING APPOINTMENT
Your escrow officer will contact you to schedule your closing appointment and inform you of the funds required for closing. The preferred method is a wire transfer, which you will need to arrange with your escrow officer. Good Funds Law Security Title is required by law to have funds deposited and available before escrow funds can be dispersed.
DON’T FORGET YOUR IDENTIFICATION
You will need valid identification with your photo; a driver’s license is preferred. This is necessary so that your identity can be sworn to by a notary public. It’s a routine step, but it’s important for your protection.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
During your closing appointment at Security Title, you will sign loan documents and instructions to transfer the title of the home you are purchasing and you will present your identification so the documents can be notarized. You will review the settlement statement.
The signed loan documents will be returned to the lender for review. Security Title will confirm that all contract conditions have been met and ask the lender to “fund the loan.” If the loan documents are satisfactory, the lender will send the wire directly to Security Title. When the loan funds are received, Security Title will verify that all necessary funds have been received. We will then record the deed at the County Recorder’s Office and disburse escrow funds. At this time, your escrow is closed!
YOU GET THE KEYS
After the escrow is closed, we will notify your Builder and/or REALTOR® who will give you the good news and arrange for you to receive the keys to your new home.
We recommend you keep all records pertaining to your home together in a safe place, including all purchase documents, insurance, maintenance and improvement records.
LOAN PAYMENTS AND IMPOUNDS
You should receive your loan coupon book or statement before your first payment is due. If you have not been notified or if you have questions about your tax and insurance impounds, contact your lender.
If you have a builder home warranty call your builder customer care department directly for repairs.
The original deed to your home will be mailed directly to you by the County Recorder.
TITLE INSURANCE POLICY
Security Title will mail your policy to you.
You may not receive a tax statement for the current year on the home you buy; however, it is your obligation to make sure the taxes are paid when due. Check with your lender to find out if taxes are included with your payment.
IMPORTANT PROPERTY TAX DATES
Taxes for the first half of current year, January 1 through June 30:
Due on: October 1 of current year
Delinquent on: November 1 current year
Taxes for the second half of current year, July 1 through December 31:
Due on: March 1 of following year
Delinquent on: May 1 of following year
NOTE: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE PROPERTY TAXES ON YOUR HOME EVEN IF YOU DON’T RECEIVE A TAX BILL!