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As an owner at Family Abstract, Inc. we, and all title insurance agencies have a fiduciary responsibility to our insured, both the lender and the Home buyer equally.We are asked to break our laws and guidelines quite often by a another third party to the transaction.Our office encountered yet another Real Estate agent requesting, OK, demanding we release the funds because,” The Wire has been sent and we have a confirmation it was sent!”
The conversation was something like this:
Buyers Realtor: As I already explained to your settlement clerk, we have confirmation from the bank, the wire has been sent!
Me: I understand and I can empathize with your situation but my hands are tied, we must abide by the “Good Funds Act” we don’t have a choice.
Buyers Realtor: Are you really saying that the confirmation isn’t good enough?
Buyers Realtor: I have never heard of such a thing! I am shocked and appalled!If I say the wire was sent it was sent.If the bank says its confirmed then you know it was sent.
Me: Then herein lies the issue, sent is not received. The law was enacted over 5 years ago. I remember a Penn Title memo to all agents from Penn Title 1997. it said, "Not even just this once. Not even for your best customer. Not even if the Realtor, mortgage broker, next door neighbor, or borrower’s brother’s wife’s father would like his check yesterday! NOT WITHOUT GOOD FUNDS!Additional memos followed.
Sellers Realtor: But my seller needs these funds for her purchase this afternoon!You need to make them available! We are going to be late for their closing which will make me late for my hair and nail appointment.
Me: Mouth open jaw dropped, in awe!
Buyers Realtor: You are the first title company (a perennial favorite) I have ever dealt with that won’t make an exception for something this ridiculous!
Me: Ridiculous?I am not in receipt of the $530,000 your demanding i disburse, I'm just saying... that seems ridiculous!
Buyers and Sellers agent:The wire, we told your girl and now you, was confirmed and on it’s way.
Me:On it’s way.Check is in the mail! Wire is in the clouds! Same story, updated version
Sellers Realtor: You have other settlements going on today, I’m sure. Why can’t you just use some of that money to fund our deal, then you can replace it when the wire, You are so worried about, gets there like we all know it will!
Me: You are asking me to use someone else’s money to and use it for this settlement? Co-mingle escrow funds? You just want me to borrow the money for a little while? Rob Peter to Pay Paul? Sure, I can rename the Agency, “Ponzie Abstract and Title” Is that what you’re asking?
Buyers Agent: YES Exactly.Its right for everyone concerned except you!And lord knows you are replaceable!
Me: Well, have you both ever considered the potential impact on my clients and their lender, my partner and her 3 kids, our 22 employees and their families or my wife and our 2 kids, if this all blows up? It has happened, there are documented cases.
Buyers agent: You should consider them strongly when you tell me NO, YOUR FUTURE DEALS are at risk!
Sellers Agent: I’m working with 3 other buyers, if you can do this favor for us, I will introduce you to each of them.
Me: So, I do what you demand while you play "Good Realtor Bad Realtor" and I am guaranteed more deals from both of you.
Buyers Realtor and Sellers Realtor: Now you understand. That’s what we want.
Me: I will gladly fore go your future deals on behalf of my family, my partner, her family, our employee’s and their families, and OUR buyers and their bank, OUR INSURED!
And then the voices as if delivered from heaven...
Home Buyer: No, that’s not what we want!Thank You Glenn, I really appreciate the education and now I fully understand why your office suggested the settlement be later in the morning in the first place but the sellers agent said she had other plans for the afternoon. I have friends buying homes, I’ll be sure to give them your contact information.
Seller: I understand completely.I’m not happy but I get it.I really don’t want money you don’t have yet?That’s ridiculous! It’s not like I could buy the next house with magic money, right!
Me to buyer and seller: I appreciate you both! Thank you!
At Family Abstract, we continue to take the high road… no matter what! We believe the home buyer is the center of Real Estate even if we really never get the opportunity to let them know. We are working hard to become more home buyer direct. Title insurance has become such a transparent part of buying a home,we are nearly invisible.
PLEASE TAKE 2:14 SECONDS AND VIEW MY xTRANORMAL CARTOON AND PASS IT AROUND, THANKS.
>Tell me what you think, please leave a comment.I promise to continue the conversation and I hope you’ll do the same.
What is Nucazza? Find out all you need to know and how Nucazza can benefit you as a Realtor, Agent, Mortgage Rep or Home Buyer. We are here to work with Realtors, Brokers and Buyers to put the power back into the hands of the Buyer. Learn how you can be a part of this exciting opportunity for home buyers by clicking one of the boxes above. If you are a Realtor consider making more money with alternative commission models and get paid for the work you do. And contact me anytime for information on how you can benefit from this unique marketing opportunity. ~
Nucazza, aligns itself with banks and credit unions all over the country to bring the message of choice and transparency to the banks customers. Through Webinars, co-branding and a message of positive choice we can identify home buyers on behalf of the lending institution and give them all the tools to make an informed decision as to how they wish to buy a home and how they wish to pay for the services provided. Nucazza, LLP will pass all interested home buyers to our database of participating Realtors. We are a free service to the home buyers as well as all ACRE graduates. We are an ACRE industry partner in the education, effectuation and Rabble Rousing of the Alternatives to Commission.
While in my 25th year as a multi-state title insurance agent I am fulfilling a promise I made to myself just 3 days into my new career. "This industry is broken, I need to part of the change" Over my tenure, the companies I have been involved with, Family Abstract, Inc. et al has been involved in over 100,000 real estate transactions. The number one question that continually rose was regarding the commissions being paid to the Realtors(r) at closing. The buyers insisted it was their money that paid for the commissions since it was added to the sales price, the sellers believed it was their money because it was paid as part of the sales price and the "Gentlemen of Real Estate that began it all were smart enough to put it in the Agreement of Sale to protect their own ASSets. Question 1A was, what does 6% commission have anything to do with the value my agent brought me? How does one equate to the other? Why am I handing money to everyone? :(
Nucazza, LLP was created as a way of giving back for an incredibly rich life that I have gotten to enjoy thanks to the real estate industry. I see great changes coming in real estate all to the benefit of our children and our grandchildren. Both as buyers and sellers as well as for those that become a new "Evolutionary" Realtor all will enjoy the richness of life that will be associated with this profession.
My job is Chief Evangelist, You don't know me... But you will
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