HOW LONG IS ESCROW???HOW LONG IS ESCROW???The most important factor in determining how long escrow will be is the type of financing the buyer will use to purchase the home. Typically an all cash purchase is going to between 7 and 20 days. Conventional financing is typically between 20 and 30 days. FHA financing usually 30 to 45 days and VA financing is usually 35 to 50 days. Two other main factors are who your lender/loan officer is and the condition of the property.Those are the general guidelines for how long it takes to close escrow. During Escrow, the first half is filled with lots of real estate related documents that need to be reviewed and signed and then the home inspection and appraisal. After all of that is done, the second half of escrow is mostly the lender getting the buyers file approved and passed through all the underwriting guidelines. In this market, 9 times out of 10 when you have a delay in close of escrow it is due to the lender not preforming in a timely manner. That's why it's crucial for a buyer to select an extremely qualified loan officer that will be able to follow through and preform on the timelines of the transaction. With a bank owned property, needing extra time could cost the buyer a $100 fee per extra day. In a short sale, going beyond the approved time could end up killing the deal if the sellers lender is not willing to extend the time period. Those are two things you do not want to be faced with during a home purchase. Bottom line: Make sure you are working with an extremely qualified lender that gets results fast.clear skies,Doug ReynoldsMay 24 2011 - Sacramento11YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.