Making Cents of Escrow

Jul 31, 2023, 16:14 PM
Title : Making Cents of Escrow
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Date published : Jul 26, 2023, 00:00 AM

What is Escrow? 

An escrow is essentially an account that holds funds for your annual taxes and homeowners insurance throughout the year.  With each monthly mortgage payment you make, money is held in an account by the lender, then those funds are used to make your annual property tax payments and home owners insurance payments on your behalf.

When you escrow the lender will add 1/12th of your insurance premium and 1/12th of your tax bill to your monthly payment, so the lender has enough set aside to pay the bills when they are due.

It is important to know that escrow accounts are regulated, and all lenders are required to follow the same rules.  If you are purchasing a home and have less than a 20% down payment or you have less than 20% equity when you refinance, lenders require you to escrow your taxes and insurance as a part of your monthly payment.  If you are putting down at least 20% or have at least 20% equity on a refinance, you have the choice if you want to pay your taxes and insurance on your own. At Ascentra we do not require you to escrow in this situation, it is entirely up to you.

Annually our escrow department will do an escrow analysis, which includes new insurance premiums, new tax rates, and a 2-month cushion that is allowed by the government. We then calculate your new monthly payment based on those factors. 

Your mortgage payment may go up or down year to year depending on changes to your property taxes or insurance rates. 

If your escrow comes up short for any reason, you have the option to pay any shortage or you can finance that amount out over the next 12 months of mortgage payments.

At Ascentra, we handle all of our loan servicing in house, so if you ever have any questions, we are here to help.  We are your mortgage experts.

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