Hookele Title & Escrow

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Escrow Timeline Worksheet

Ho‘okele Title and Escrow is here to keep you on course. Our team is here to provide tools, professional communication, and successful follow-through. The purpose of this complimentary tool is to track important deadlines throughout the escrow process. It is suggested that you detail the transaction from the Purchase Contract and fill in the actions areas in yellow for the timeline to generate. For questions and additional information, please contact your local Business Development Manager.

Title & Escrow Resources

What is escrow?

Think of escrow as the hub of a wheel that brings all parties together in the transaction. The escrow company is a neutral third party that holds all the money, contracts, and legal documents until the parties are ready to close the transaction. View the video to learn more.

What does escrow do?

Upon request, escrow provides copies of the real estate purchase contract, earnest money deposit, and escrow instructions to the lender at the beginning of the transaction. For more detailed information about escrow, click here.

Steps for a Successful Escrow

Learn more about the responsibilities of an escrow officer with this flow chart and rough timeline of events.

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Closing Costs: Who Pays What?

Understand what costs sellers should be expected to cover, and which closing expenses buyers will incur during the process.

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Understanding Title Insurance

If you’ve purchased a home you may be familiar with the benefits of title insurance. However, if this is your first home you may wonder, “Why do I need yet another insurance policy?” Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding title insurance here.

Why Do You Need Title Insurance?

The purchase of a home is most likely one of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make. You and your mortgage lender want to make sure the property is indeed yours and that no individual or government entity has any right, lien, claim, or encumbrance to your property. Click below and watch the following video to learn more.

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The Home Buying Process

This guide walks you through the journey of buying a home, the expected process, and milestones.

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The Home Selling Process

This guide walks you through the journey of selling your house, the expected process, and milestones. 

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Tenancies in Hawaii

There are many types of tenancies available in the state of Hawaii, click below to learn more.

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The Title Search Process

Curious to learn more about the typical life of a title search? Click the link below to read more about the process.

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Property Profile vs. Preliminary Title Report

What are the roles of a Property Profile and a Preliminary Title Report? The Property Profile helps Real Estate and MLS professionals obtain a quick view of the property in question.

A Preliminary Title Report contains conditions under which the title company will issue a particular type of title insurance policy.

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FIRPTA - Foreign Investment in Real
Property Tax Act

Under the provisions of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), the buyer of a United States real property interest from a foreign person is required to withhold as much as 15% of the sales price and forward the funds to the IRS with the required documentation on the seller’s behalf.

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Click here to download the PDF and learn more about FIRPTA.

HARPTA - Hawaii Real Property Tax Act

HARPTA is a Hawaii State 7.25% withholding obligation imposed on the transferee/buyer when Hawaii real property interest is acquired from a non-resident person. This withholding serves to collect Hawaii income tax that might be owed by a nonresident. Click below for more info.

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Educational Resources

Protect what you have from cyber-criminals, fraud schemes, and other potential threats by staying up-to-date with these best practices to keep your resources and assets safe.

Red Flags: What to Look For

As your title partner, we want all of your transactions to close smoothly. While not every problem can be anticipated, there are several common “red flags” that you should watch for early on in the transaction in order to avoid delays in closing.

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Cybersecurity—Fraud Prevention

Criminals may try to impersonate real estate agents in an attempt to access your assets. Learn more about wire fraud in the link below. 

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Fraud Schemes—What You Need to Know

Fraud and scams are widespread in today’s world, and the real estate industry in particular is hit hard. Real estate transactions are becoming an increasing target for fraud. What can be done to keep you and your clients safe?

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Protect What You Have From Cyber-Criminals

Cyber-criminals are constantly looking for new victims to wire them commissions, sales proceeds, or deposits. Real estate transactions are especially vulnerable. Click the link below to see how you can help guard your money. 

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Have questions?

We look forward to assisting you on your home buying and selling journey. 

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