California Seller Title and Escrow Process

Selling a house? Unsure what to expect as you close? Our experts break down the steps you’ll go through when it comes to title and escrow.

  1. You put your house on the market  
  2. You accept an offer on your house 
  3. A title search is conducted on you and your property to determine the status of title 
  4. Your buyer deposits earnest money into escrow 
  5. A preliminary title insurance report is given to you – be sure to read it carefully
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  6. Escrow orders payoff demands for mortgages and other liens recorded against your property 
  7. Your buyer’s loan documents are submitted to escrow 
  8. Escrow arranges the signing of documents   
  9. Escrow receives buyer and lender funds in escrow 
  10. Escrow records the transfer deed with the county 
  11. Escrow disburses funds per the terms of the transaction 
  12. Congratulations, your house is sold!

This article is part of the Home Seller Guide.