California eyes REO escrow selection

Bill would prohibit banks from mandating provider

A bill aimed at preventing banks from dictating the escrow service to be used in transactions involving real estate-owned (REO) properties is expected to reach California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk following its approval by the state Senate.

Assembly Bill 957, which passed the Assembly in a unanimous 77-0 vote in May, was approved by the Senate on Sept. 1 in a 29-to-4 vote. Because the bill was amended, it must now go back to the Assembly for concurrence before going to the governor’s desk. As an urgency measure, the bill can take effect immediately if the governor signs it into law.