Federal Title & Pavaso Partner to bring online closings to the DMV

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Media Contact: Nikki Lyon

Main Line: 202.362.1500

Federal Title & Escrow Company Partners with eClosing Provider Pavaso to serve Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Settlements

Washington, D.C., December 22, 2017 – Federal Title and Escrow Company has partnered with eClosing service provider Pavaso to bring cutting-edge technology to real estate settlements in the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. Pavaso created the industry’s only end-to-end digital closing platform to improve communication, efficiency, and process management in the real estate settlement arena and is continuing to focus on the improvement of the consumer experience.

Federal Title and Escrow Company’s main initiative is to be at the forefront of innovation to make the closing process simpler and smarter for the consumer. We are constantly striving to utilize technology to streamline the closing process without sacrificing the personal relationship we build with our clients. The real estate settlement market has been rapidly moving toward online closings. Pavaso provides us with a secure platform to link all parties in the transaction so that we may conduct both hybrid and fully online closings.

Pavaso’s technology empowers lenders and title companies to deliver the speed and ease of a modern transaction without neglecting the human touch. As today’s consumers increasingly demand the simplicity and convenience of an online transaction, Pavaso is bridging the gap between the archaic paper mortgage process and the digital world. Its technology is both flexible and “future-proof,” enabling users to conduct digital transactions ranging from hybrid closings to complete eNotes.

“The D.C. metropolitan area consists of millions of hardworking individuals that may not have the time for the traditional settlement,” said Todd Ewing, CEO, Federal Title and Escrow Company. “Pavaso allows the consumer to review documents, sign, and securely complete closing from their own preferred venue.”

“We pledge to provide the best experience for the consumer and seek to refine and continually improve the end to end borrower experience,” added Mark McElroy, CEO, Pavaso. “Each and every day closings are happening across the country with consumers who don't fully understand the process and there is less room today for a cumbersome, inconvenient experience. Consumers have choices now and want a better experience. By moving to a digital closing process, Federal Title is providing that experience, allowing borrowers to benefit from a significantly more informed, transparent and convenient process.” 


About Federal Title & Escrow Company

Established in 1996, Federal Title & Escrow Company, the largest independently owned and operated title company in Washington, D.C., is known for its top-notch customer service and streamlined closing process. Federal Title has D.C. office locations in Friendship Heights and in Logan Circle. For more information, please visit www.federaltitle.com or contact Nikki Lyon directly for media inquiries.

About Pavaso

Texas-based Pavaso is transforming the mortgage process with radically innovative digital mortgage closing technology facilitating fast, consistent, accurate and compliant closings every time. Pavaso offers a single, collaborative, secure portal promoting transparency, efficiency, consumer education and communication in a seamless format delivering value to every stakeholder involved in the transaction. For more information on how you can streamline your process and digitally transform your organization, call us at 866.288.7051 or visit www.pavaso.com. 

DC Real Property Assessment Cap Credit

Understanding the property tax assessment process can be a bit tricky. Specifically, it can be difficult to understand the difference between an assessed value and a taxable assessed value. Part of the confusion has to do with the Assessment Cap Credit. Here is an example of a recent question on this topic: 

Question: On my DC Tax bill, the assessed value is listed as $388,500, but my taxable assessment was only $291,200, a difference of $97,300. What accounts for this difference?

Answer:  The bulk of the difference has to do with the Homestead Deduction, which reduces the real property taxable assessment by $72,450.  However, there is a second benefit to the Homestead Deduction that receives a lot less attention, the Assessment Cap Credit.  This credit provides that the taxable assessment cannot increase more than 10% per year.  The credit is not applied against the assessed value, but it is used to reduce the taxable assessed value.  In the above question, the additional credit that reduces the taxable assessment by a further $24,850 is the assessed cap credit.  Further, based on the above numbers, next year’s taxable assessment cannot exceed $320,320 ($291,200 plus 10%), regardless of the assessed value (assuming of course that the property is still registered as a homestead).

The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue has great information on their website that explains in detail the real property process and the credits available.

Condominium By-Laws: Why are they so important?

If you are considering purchasing a condo, it is important that you read through all the condominium documents that have been provided by the seller for your review. You will be provided with what appears to be an overwhelming amount of paperwork, but reading through the information will assist you in making an immediate decision as to whether this is the right condo for you and it may also assist you down the road should any issues arise that impact you as the owner. 

The condominium package that you receive, often called the “resale package”, will contain an entire set of condominium governing docs that include the Declaration, By-laws, copies of financial records of the condo, plat and plans, and rules and regulations. The By-laws are perhaps the most important part of any condominium association documents. The By-laws are a contract between the condo association and the owners. The condo unit must be used only in accordance with the Bylaws of the association. They contain certain information such as the duties and authority of the Board, what parts of the condo you own, whether leasing is permitted, what responsibilities unit owners have, what kinds and sizes of pets are permitted, age restrictions, procedures for any special assessment and whether or not a special assessment requires the vote of the members (owners), procedures for setting and raising assessment amounts and whether there is a limit on annual assessment increases, insurance requirements, and the list goes on and on.

Taking the time to read through and familiarizing yourself with the terms of condominium documents will put you in a much better position to determine if the condo is the right one for you. 

CLOSE IT! House of the week: A quiet condo available in Dupont Circle

We made our way to Dupont Circle to check out this quiet courtyard condo with one spacious bedroom, a spa-like bath, and a private balcony. This sophisticated yet elegant unit has hand scraped wood floors, walls of windows, and crown molding throughout. The high-end kitchen features stainless steel appliances and granite countertops for that aspiring chef. The building amenities are plentiful and include a gym, a rooftop deck, a party room, bike & rental storage, building security and more! This pad is considered a walker’s paradise because you are steps away from the Metro, restaurants, stores, and more. The property is listed at $349,340.

Assuming a homebuyer puts down 5 percent, their cash-to-close would be $28,036 and monthly mortgage payments would be approximately $1,531. You’ll also receive a credit of $750 when you choose to use Federal Title & Escrow Company for settlement services when ordered online. Additionally, for a complete picture of what your cash-to-close figures would be, including seller’s net proceeds from the sale and such, please view the Close It! Web version or download the free Close It! iOS app

CLOSE IT! House of the Week: A Corner Condo in Georgetown

We made our way over to the other side of DC to view a Georgetown penthouse with major curb appeal. This corner condo can’t be missed because of its yellow exterior and castle-like structure. It has an opened floor plan with light hardwood floors, high ceilings, and plantation shutters that give the unit much charm. It also has two large bedrooms and one in a half baths with a soaking tub. The gourmet kitchen is roomy and includes stainless steel appliances, perfect for an aspiring chef. The unit is the largest in the building and has a private rooftop deck to enjoy those home cooked meals while overlooking the city. The property is listed for $775,000.

Assuming a homebuyer puts down 20 percent, their cash-to-close would be $175,494 and monthly mortgage payments would be approximately $2,241. However, for a complete picture of what your cash-to-close figures would be, including seller’s net proceeds from the sale and such, view the Close It! Web version or download the free Close It! iOS app

Feel free to tell your agent that you want to use Federal Title & Escrow Company for settlement and save up to $750 on closing costs by ordering services online. Always remember, it’s your choice in selecting a settlement company when it’s time to close. Learn more here.  

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