A special account in which a lawyer or escrow agent deposits money or documents that do not belong to the lawyer or the law firm.
Also known as impound accounts, an escrow account covers your property taxes, flood insurance, and homeowners insurance. Sewer and water bills are not included in this account, especially if your local government should be covering them.
When buying a house, you need to include an extra 1 to 2% of the amount on the purchase price. This percentage can be higher depending on how things are run in your area. The extra percentage added on the original price of the house is known as “earnest money” which shows the seller that you’re serious about buying.
Until the seller accepts your offer, you can’t deposit the paycheck.« Back to Glossary Index