In the ever-changing landscape of modern business transactions, it’s crucial to have a reliable, secure, and transparent method of handling funds. Escrow is a term often heard but not always understood. Today, we’ll unravel the mysteries of escrow and how it plays a vital role in ensuring safe financial dealings for businesses in New Zealand.

What Is Escrow?

Escrow is not a new concept in fact its early beginnings can be traced to the 1590’s

At its core, escrow is a financial arrangement where a third party holds and regulates payment of the funds required for two parties involved in a given transaction. This intermediary ensures that both the buyer and seller uphold their end of the bargain. Think of it as a neutral zone where funds are safely parked until all terms of the agreement are met. 

How does Escrow work?

In New Zealand, escrow services are commonly used in high-value transactions, such as construction, real estate and online business transactions.  Here’s an example:


Agreement: The business and client agree on the terms of the transaction, including the price, conditions, and timeline.

Escrow Setup: A trusted escrow service provider, often a financial institution or a specialised escrow company, is chosen by both parties. The buyer then deposits the funds into the escrow account.

Verification: The escrow service verifies the payment and ensures that all necessary documents and items are in place, following the agreed-upon terms.

Transaction Completion: Once all conditions are met, the escrow service releases the funds to the seller, completing the transaction securely.


For businesses in New Zealand, especially in these uncertain times, having a reliable escrow service minimises the risks associated with financial transactions, providing a sense of security to both parties involved. With a surge in online transactions, ensuring that your hard-earned money is in safe hands is not just good business practice, but also a peace-of-mind investment.

How can Escrow help?

In the current economic climate, small businesses in New Zealand face a myriad of challenges. It’s crucial to stay informed and proactive to keep your business thriving. Here’s how using an Escrow account can help your business:

  • Escrow provides a safeguard, ensuring that your funds are secure even in turbulent times when economic uncertainties can impact the stability of businesses.
  • Escrow reduces the risk of fraud. With the rise of digital transactions comes the threat of cybersecurity breaches. IPromise’s robust security measures act as a shield against online threats, keeping your financial data safe from prying eyes, and it ensures the buyer gets what they paid for and the seller gets their payment.
  • Escrow builds trust. Knowing that a neutral third party is overseeing the transaction instils confidence in both the business and the client.  In an online world full of scams and deceit, trust is hard to come by. 

IPromise: Your Trusted Escrow Partner

IPromise stands tall as your trustworthy ally, ensuring that your transactions are not just secure, but also hassle-free and transparent with the use of a BNZ Trust Account (escrow account).  Let’s have a look at how IPromise and Escrow work together:

  1. Security Assured

Escrow provides a secure environment for both the user and customer. Consumers know that the payment is held safely until they receive the agreed-upon goods or services, and sellers are assured that they will receive payment once they fulfil their obligations.

At IPromise, we understand the paramount importance of security in financial transactions. Our state-of-the-art encryption technology ensures that your funds and sensitive information are protected round the clock. With us, your money is looked after in our BNZ Trust Account, so you can bid farewell to sleepless nights worrying about the safety of your money

  1. User-Friendly Interface

Navigating the world of escrow can be daunting, especially for small business owners. IPromise simplifies the process with an intuitive and user-friendly interface. You don’t need to be a financial expert to use our services. We believe in making escrow accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial background.

  1. Transparency Matters

Transparency breeds trust, and at IPromise, we take this mantra seriously. We provide real-time updates and detailed reports, ensuring that you are always in the loop. No hidden fees, no surprise deductions—just straightforward, transparent transactions.

  1. Tailored Solutions for Small Businesses

We understand that the needs of small businesses differ from those of large corporations. That’s why we offer tailored escrow solutions that cater specifically to the requirements of small businesses in New Zealand. Whether you’re dealing with suppliers, consumers, clients, or contractors, IPromise has you covered.

Escrow is not just a financial tool; it’s a shield that protects your business interests. With IPromise by your side, you can navigate the complex world of transactions with confidence, ensuring that your business dealings are built on a solid foundation of honesty and integrity.  Embrace the future of secure, transparent, and user-friendly financial transactions with IPromise.

Escrow not only made sense in the 1590’s but it still makes sense today. IPromise is the easy everyday escrow solution for everyone.

Secure your transactions, trust in IPromise and contact us for your free trial today.