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Commonly Asked Questions

Closing Process

  • What Closing Costs do Buyers and Sellers Typically Pay?
    • View our Closing Costs Explanation to see how the closing costs are broken down between buyers and sellers. However, these may change depending on the contract negotiation and terms.
  • What Information does Ticon Need When I Give them my Signed Contract?
    • Please include: Buyer Name, Address, Phone and Email
      Seller Name, Address, Phone and Email
      Mortgage Terms and Contact Info
      HOA Contact Info
      Buying and Listing Agent Name, Company and Contact Info
  • Where do I get the Earnest Money Form?
    • Download the current Deposit Transmittal and Verification Form. You can get more forms on our Realtor Resources Page.
  • Who Comes to the Closing Table?
    • Buyers, Sellers, Realtors and Title Company Representatives come to the table. If you are unable to attend, Ticon will handle the closing by mail.
  • What Documents are Needed at Closing?
    • Driver’s License or another form of valid ID
      Previous Property Title
      Payments Necessary
      Power of Attorney if signing for another person
  • What Does it Mean to Record the Deed?
    • After the closing documents are signed, Ticon works with the County to let them know the property changed ownership. The county “records” the change in their records by updating the deed information in their system.
  • When Will I Receive my Post Closing Documents?
    • We will send them to you within 45 days after your closing. If it’s been 45 days and you have not received them, please let us know.
  • What Documents Will I Receive After Closing?
    • There are two types of policies – owner’s policies and lender’s policies. The owner’s policies sent to buyers include the original warranty deed and their policy. The lenders receive the original mortgage, their lender’s policy and a copy of the warranty deed. You may also get a few more documents as they apply to your purchase.

Title Insurance

  • What is Title Insurance?
    • Title Insurance protects your home investment and makes sure that your ownership isn’t jeopardized by previous title issues such as liens, encumbrances, miscommunication, improperly recorded documents, forgeries and more. Unlike other insurance policies, title insurance protects you from problems in the past and is a one-time fee at closing, not a month to month expense.
  • Do I Really Need Title Insurance?
    • Absolutely! Northwest Florida is not exempt to title discrepancies. In fact, we’ve seen several issues arise locally. People may think they own a parking spot at their building and their title doesn’t reflect ownership of the spot. Someone may have defaulted on their primary home loan somewhere else, and even though their second home here is okay, there’s a lien against the property.
  • What Does Title Insurance Cover?
    • We believe your home purchase should come with peace of mind. That’s why we use Fidelity underwriters to search your title’s history and ensure you have a “clean” title record. Title insurance protects you from many things.

Property Taxes

  • Why do I Have to Pay Property Taxes for the Full Year? I’ve only Owned my Property for a Couple of Months?
    • If you are the current owner of the home when property taxes are due, you will pay the full amount for the taxes then. However, you received a credit at closing to cover the amount of time that you did not own the house. You can see the amount of taxes the previous owner paid you on your HUD by viewing it on Paperless Closer. For example, let’s say you bought your house March 1st. On your HUD, you’ll see where the previous owner paid money for the taxes for January and February (since you hadn’t purchased the home yet). You were credited that amount, so now you must pay for the entire year since the previous owner didn’t pay those taxes to the Florida Department of Revenue. They actually paid them to you.
  • How Do you Calculate Property Taxes for Closings?
    • Basically, we find out the daily tax rate by dividing the total taxes by 365. Then, we multiply that by the number of days the previous owner owned the property. If you bought the house March 1st, the number of days is 59 (January + February = 31 + 28), so the previous owner pays you taxes for 59 days.

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