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About Escrow Payments
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Most people are of the opinion that their house payment is calculated only by the amount of the loan they take out in order to purchase the home. The amount that you and the mortgage lender agreed upon will be reflected in your monthly house payment. In all likelihood some other costs too will be included in the payment you make each month.These additional costs are part of what is referred to as your escrow payment.

Many people think that their house payment is determined solely by the amount of the loan they take out in order to purchase the home. Obviously, your monthly house payment will reflect the amount that you and the mortgage lender agreed upon. In all likelihood some other costs too will be included in the payment you make each month.These additional costs are part of what is referred to as your escrow payment.

Putting Expenses in Escrow

Apart from your monthly payment toward your mortgage loan your payment will also include expenses that are included in escrow. Other items included in escrow are your house insurance as well as your property tax amount. PMI or Private Mortgage Insurance will also be included in your escrow if you are required to carry the former.

Your house insurance protects your property and your belongings. The property taxes, on the other hand, the taxes you need to pay on home each year. The mortgage lender should include these costs in the monthly house payment because your home can be taken from you if you fail to pay your property taxes. Similarly, if your home is destroyed, your mortgage lender may not be able to recover its investment if you do not have house insurance in place. Obviously, having these costs included in escrow is beneficial to you as well because you only have to make one regular payment rather than three.

What are the Drawbacks to Using Escrow Payments?

While most homeowners find escrow payments to be convenient, there are potential drawbacks to this payment method. Namely, the amount of your property taxes and your homeowner's insurance for the next year are estimated by the mortgage lender based upon past costs as well as other factors that may impact the costs. Your monthly payment is then adjusted to show off these estimates, or you may also be provided with the choice to send the difference to your lender at one time.

In either case, you will be experiencing an unexpected extra expense. Obviously, you likely would have faced this additional expense anyway, unless the mortgage lender was severely off base with its estimates. If you overpay for these expenses all through the year, you can get a check reimbursing you the excess amount you paid at the end of the year.

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Darin Redding
Written on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 03:02 by Darin Redding

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