Escrow Closing: When Your Closing Is Late

Your lender saved the day with a last-minute mortgage, but now the lawyers are talking about an escrow closing.

Will this real estate deal ever be done?

That escrow closing may be out of the ordinary, but trust us, your real estate lawyer has your house closing calmly in hand. 

Quick Read

What are the steps of the closing process?

What is escrow explained

What does close to escrow mean?

Save time with a virtual remote closing (Canada)

A Red Clock that denotes: when your house closing is late

Closing Your Real Estate Transaction

Relax! Real estate lawyers sign joint document registration agreements that take into account what could happen if a late closing is necessary. Financing your purchase for the first time home buyer. 

Ontario land registry offices close nightly at 5 p.m. and over weekends. But short of a calamity, as long as both lawyers exchange documents by 6 p.m. on the real estate transaction closing date, your deal goes ahead as usual.

Your lawyer and the seller’s or buyer’s lawyer are working together to get your good faith  deposit, mortgage financing, legal documents, and property keys transferred on time. Documents you need for real estate closings. 

That’s why, even though the paperwork may not be processed by a local land registry office on closing day, you may still be able to take vacant possession on the day you planned. That is, provided both lawyers met that all-important 6 p.m. deadline.

Your lawyer knows you booked a mover, turned off the utilities, and maybe trekked many miles to take possession of your new home on time. Of course, an unexpected turn of events like a tenant not being out on time, could still get in your way. Making a backup plan can save you unnecessary expenses. Who’s responsible for tenants when you buy a home.  

Escrow Closing, Ontario Real Estate

Closing in escrow means your deposit and mortgage financing are transferred to the seller’s lawyer’s trust account on closing day. The title transfer is recorded in the Ontario electronic registration system the next business day. If that’s Monday, you can still be in your new home Saturday morning.

Your lawyer and the seller’s sign an escrow closing agreement verifying:

  1. What day title will be registered.
  2. You have permission to move in before then.
  3. The seller’s lawyer will hold your money in trust until the title is transferred.

As buyer, you are at risk if any damage occurs before the title is formally registered. You may be able to tap your home insurance for property damages. The title insurance your Axess Law real estate lawyer arranges provides coverage on the off chance a surprise lien on property gets registered before title transfer. 

Are You ‘Close to Escrow’?

Electronic funds transfers between lenders and lawyers’ offices make it less likely a buyer’s lawyer will miss the 6 p.m. deadline. Fair warning if they do: sellers can cancel, leaving you holding the bag for the lost deposit, plus financial penalties or a potential legal claim. Cons of buying and selling on the same day

Call your real estate closing lawyer if your mortgage financing or home insurance documents (mandatory for mortgage loans) are coming down to the wire. Let them know if you are working with a private lender or you have a guarantor on your mortgage. Confirm your title insurance includes gap coverage, just in case the unforeseen happens between your move-in and final registration.

They can talk you through what happens on closing day — and where to pick up your house  keys after hours. Picking the right home insurance for your property. When to buy home insurance (closing date). 

Why You Need a Real Estate Lawyer

Close home purchases or sales quickly and conveniently with Axess Law. Our professional real estate attorneys throughout Ontario go over the fine print in offers to purchase to ensure your legal interests are protected. We explain the real estate closing process and keep your transaction on schedule. Documents your real estate closing lawyer needs

Our licenced legal team liaises with your realtor and mortgage lender to receive and prepare legal documents required to close your property deal. Your Axess Law real estate lawyer searches title to property for financial claims or construction liens that can block or delay your purchase or sale. Real estate frauds to watch out for

When you need more time to get mortgage financing, we negotiate with the seller’s lawyer to amend the completion date. What a mortgage lawyer does when you buy or sell. 

If the seller declines our request, we review your legal and financial options. Your Axess Law real estate lawyer goes over the agreement of purchase and sale for mutual consent clauses that allow you to end the deal. 

We discuss what happens to your good faith deposit if you walk away. Cancelling a real estate transaction can be costly. See the downside risk of losing deposit on house purchases. Why buyers who back out almost always lose their deposit

Affordable Legal Services, Anywhere in Ontario

Access lawyers for less in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, or anywhere in Ontario when you buy a home in the GTA, sell, or transfer property. Axess Law’s flat fee real estate lawyers are affordable, and our rates are all inclusive (excluding taxes, disbursements, and third-party charges). Axess Law offers you only the legal services you absolutely need. Your final invoice includes no surprises or hidden charges. Your itemized statement of adjustments is explained when we deliver it, and we answer any questions you have about it.

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