Escrow Officer - LPOWA - Issaquah
Pay Rate: $30 - $45 per hour
Job Title: Escrow Officer
Job Summary: The Escrow Officer plays a vital role in real estate transactions by facilitating the secure handling of funds and documents between buyers, sellers, lenders, and other parties. This position involves managing the escrow process from initiation to closing, ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and maintaining effective communication with all involved stakeholders.
- Initiate and manage the escrow process for real estate transactions, including purchases, sales, refinances, and exchanges.
- Review purchase agreements, contracts, and lender instructions to determine escrow requirements and timelines.
- Communicate with buyers, sellers, real estate agents, lenders, and other parties to gather necessary documentation and information.
- Prepare escrow instructions, settlement statements, and other related documents in accordance with established procedures and regulations.
- Coordinate with title companies to obtain title reports and address any title-related issues that may arise.
- Calculate and collect escrow fees, earnest money deposits, and other funds as required for the transaction.
- Oversee the disbursement of funds, ensuring that all financial transactions are accurate and in compliance with applicable laws.
- Conduct comprehensive reviews of closing documents to verify accuracy and completeness.
- Facilitate the signing of closing documents by all parties involved in the transaction.
- Ensure that all required documents are properly recorded with the appropriate government agencies.
- Maintain clear and accurate records of all escrow transactions, communications, and documentation.
- Address inquiries and concerns from clients, agents, and other stakeholders, providing exceptional customer service throughout the escrow process.
- Stay up-to-date with changes in real estate regulations, lending practices, and industry best practices.
- High school diploma or equivalent; some college coursework in real estate, finance, or a related field is preferred.
- Previous experience as an Escrow Officer or in a related role within the real estate industry is highly advantageous.
- Strong understanding of escrow procedures, real estate contracts, and title documentation.
- Proficiency in using escrow software, Microsoft Office Suite, and other relevant tools.
- Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy in handling financial transactions and legal documents.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills for effective collaboration with clients and industry professionals.
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple transactions simultaneously.
- Problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities to address challenges that may arise during the escrow process.
- Ethical conduct and the ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
- Relevant certifications, such as Certified Escrow Officer (CEO), can be beneficial.