Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from January 13, 2011

NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR - "GOOD FUNDS" LAW REVISITED

With the new year upon us, the “Good Funds” section of the Title Insurance Act is now one full year old. Illinois home buyers (and the professionals that represent them) are the beneficiaries of a bit of a "birthday present" from our friends down in Springfield - an amendment that addresses the three biggest issues that were complicating closings over the last 12 months. The good funds rule regulates the way anyone bringing money to a closing can deliver it to the closing agent. Basically, funds in excess of $50,000 must be sent by wire transfer. Funds less than $50,000 can be delivered by wire or cashiers, certified, or (approved) title company check. 


As amended, 

•        Earnest money held by a real estate broker or attorney is no longer aggregated with the buyer’s bottom line. As long as those funds are less than $50,000, title companies can now accept a realtor's or attorney's check drawn on a trust account. Note: this is not a slam dunk - the title company must …