Escrow is widely defined as a deed, a bond, money, or a piece of property held in trust by a third party to be turned over to the grantee only upon fulfillment of a condition.
For example, money can be held in escrow – a fund or deposit designed to serve as an escrow.
Escrow agreement defines the agreement by which first party deposits and asset with an escrow agent and by which the asset is to be transferred further to the second party.
The escrow agent is the person or entity that safeguards and/or manages (“holds in trust”) the asset that is placed in escrow.
Escrow accounts are used to secure funds for a transaction, while the parties involved can perform due diligence on the property or fulfill any contingencies of their arrangement. The escrow agent holds the funds and/or assets until it receives appropriate instructions to release or until predetermined conditions have been met.
Escrow ensures that the interests of both parties are looked after and the transaction proceeds smoothly.
The escrow concept is also encountered in the stock market – it is often the case that stocks of public companies are issued in escrow, which means that, even though the shareholder is the owner, the rights to dispose of the stock are limited.
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