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Why Do I Have to Give Out My Social Security Number When I Buy a Home? Winnetka IL and Chicago North Shore Suburbs
I have often been asked this question when working with buyers, even ones that are seasoned in the process. In this day and age, people are wary of giving out personal information and for good reason. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country and someone who is using your number or identity can cause a lot of problems for you.
When working with people who are buying a home in Winnetka, IL or nearby, one of the contractual steps involves setting up an interest bearing escrow account for your deposit and earnest money. Typically, the buyer will give a deposit of around 5% of the purchase price to be held in escrow until closing. The real estate brokerage who holds the listing opens an account for your deposit which will, of course, accrue interest. Sometimes an attorney will hold escrow, but it's normally the real estate company that does this.
In order to open an account in your name, your Social Security number is required on a W9 form with your signature. We are then, required by law, to open a separate account in your name within one business day. At closing, you will get a separate check for the interest on your deposit. Even with Winnetka homes having an average price range of $1.3 million, your deposit may not generate too much interest, but it's enough to perhaps treat yourself to dinner or buy something new for your home.
If you have any questions about the home buying process, or are thinking about buying a home in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northfield, or Glencoe, please call and I'd be happy to discuss them with you.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.