Buying a Home in California

By Rick Campbell

Buying a home in California is different. So what else is new? Isn't all of California different? Well, let's stay away from all that for the time being and only talk about the home buying process.

First of all, we don't use attorneys to consummate real estate sales, which is common practice on the East Coast. We do use something called escrow. After you've found the home and begun negotiations, you'll begin hearing about "opening escrow" and "closing escrow". We'll talk more about escrow further on.

Also, forget about having a final closing meeting. Very rarely do the buyers and sellers even meet each other.

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