The escrow process is a critical phase in any real estate transaction, where funds, documents, and
important details are securely held by a neutral third party until all contractual obligations are met.
While escrow is designed to protect both buyers and sellers, certain pitfalls can arise if not navigated
carefully. To ensure a smooth and successful escrow experience, it’s essential to be aware of these
common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Fortunately, ROC Title is here to guide you through the process
and provide expert assistance to steer clear of these potential challenges.

1. Missed Deadlines: One of the most common escrow pitfalls is missing crucial deadlines during the
process. Failing to meet deadlines for inspections, repairs, or providing necessary documents can lead to
delays or even the cancellation of the transaction. Stay organized and work closely with ROC Title, who
will keep you informed of critical dates and requirements to meet all deadlines promptly.

2. Inadequate Title Search: A comprehensive title search is essential to ensure that the property’s title is
clear and free from any liens, encumbrances, or legal issues. Skipping or skimping on the title search can
lead to unexpected problems after closing. ROC Title conducts thorough title searches to identify any
potential issues, allowing you to address them before finalizing the transaction.

3. Failure to Obtain Title Insurance: Title insurance protects buyers and lenders from financial loss due
to undiscovered title defects. Some buyers may forego title insurance to save money, but this can be a
costly mistake. ROC Title offers comprehensive title insurance policies, giving you the confidence that
your investment is secure.

4. Insufficient Funds for Closing Costs: Unexpectedly discovering that you don’t have enough funds to
cover closing costs can be distressing. Work closely with ROC Title and your Lender to receive an
estimate of your closing costs well in advance. This will help you budget appropriately and avoid any
last-minute surprises.

5. Ignoring HOA and Special Assessments: For properties within Homeowners Associations (HOAs),
overlooking HOA dues or special assessments can lead to complications during escrow. ROC Title will
thoroughly review the HOA documents and financials, ensuring that all dues and assessments are
addressed and paid current.

6. Not Communicating Effectively: Open and clear communication is crucial during the escrow process.
Miscommunication between parties can lead to misunderstandings and delays. ROC Title prides itself on
transparent and efficient communication, ensuring that all parties are informed and updated
throughout the transaction.

In conclusion, navigating the escrow process successfully requires vigilance, attention to detail, and the
support of a reliable and experienced title company like ROC Title. By avoiding common escrow pitfalls
and working with professionals who understand the intricacies of the process, you can ensure a smooth
and stress-free real estate transaction. Trust ROC Title to be your partner throughout the journey,
guiding you through the escrow process and safeguarding your investment every step of the way