By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Let’s call this real estate horror film Mission Impossible – Saving the Sale. It’s the sequel to Mission Impossible – The Roof Needs Repair starring Surprised Seller and Upset Buyer. Also featuring Scrambling Realtor and Cautious Escrow Officer.

The scene opens with a pending sale on a property that needs a repair that the seller has agreed to do. However, the repairs cannot be completed before the closing. It could be hail damage to a roof that happens a couple of days before closing. Or wood floors that become damaged when a water pipe breaks just before closing day.

Whatever the scenario, there isn’t enough time to make the repair before closing day. In that case, the parties to the transaction may want to use an escrow agreement to close on time and allow the repairs to occur after closing.

Escrowing for repairs can be a somewhat complicated situation and the procedure often varies from title company to title company and lender to lender. Here’s how it usually works:

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By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Your friendly title company representative wants to know if you’re married. How flattering, right? Not exactly. Asking about your marital status isn’t a come-on or a pick-up line. At least not when it comes to a real estate sale.

When someone in a real estate transaction – either the buyer or seller – has been married, is getting married, is separated, is divorced, or is in any past or present state of marriage, it can affect the sale of a property. Well, sure, it can affect your mental state, too. But it also affects the sale process in other ways.

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The first hurdle that a homebuyer must surmount is the down payment on their mortgage. A tidy some with all of those zeroes, due closing, can be really intimidating for first-time buyers. Where can you get all that cash to secure the home of your dreams? Our most-trusted mortgage adviser, Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage), tells us in today’s BobMortgage Zone

Spoiler alert! You can use cash as a gift toward your down payment at closing. But who is allowed to give you the money? Find out from the senior mortgage adviser at the nation’s oldest private lender — Wallick & Volk — right now!

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