Washington Buyer and Seller Guide for Title and Escrow

ID Affidavit: Also known as a statement of facts, statement of identity, or an SI. This required document will be provided to the parties by escrow. It asks for information about the parties such as social security number, residence history, marital history, job history, aliases, etc. Please fill this out as completely as possible. The SI allows the company to eliminate things recorded in the GI (General Index) against the name (as opposed to the property) such as tax liens, judgments, welfare liens, support liens and lawsuits that may be filed against people that have the same name as you. These types of liens attach automatically to any real property owned by the debtor, and therefore make the property liable for any payment due under the lien. RED FLAG: If you have a common name (for example: Smith, Johnson, Garcia, Martinez, Lee, etc) it is important that the company receive the completed SI promptly in order to “clear” these items. Sometimes you may be unaware that a lien exists. More often, you may have resolved the situation but had never gotten the proper release documents recorded in order to remove it from the public record. We cannot close a file with unresolved liens against a seller. (There are some circumstances when a deal can still be closed when there is an unresolved lien against a buyer.) Contact your title or escrow officer if you find that this situation exists. 29 RED FLAGS IN THE ESCROW / TITLE PROCESS