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Many steps are included in the process of buying a home which can feel overwhelming. A good realtor can support individuals who are going through the steps of seeking to understand the process before getting pre-approval and making offers.

 

Impound Account

An account that is set up by the mortgage lender to pay certain property-related expenses on a person's behalf is called an escrow (impound) account. This is used for expenses like property taxes and homeowner's insurance. Many mortgage lenders require an escrow account to insure the property is not at risk. Fees vary from year to year and generally are rolled into monthly mortgage payments.

 

How Escrow Works

Escrow accounts come into play with several home buying expenses like home buyer's earnest money. If an offer is accepted then an earnest money check is deposited into the real estate broker's escrow account. The account is used for earnest monies only and other funds may not be mixed in with earnest money deposits but is received back at closing.

 

Requirements Vary

Each state varies but many states require an escrow account. Even if a person's state does not, it is helpful to have one. Without escrow, homeowners will be responsible for large property-related bills in lump sums and not always when it is most convenient (if it ever is with home issues). Failure to pay property taxes on time can also result in high fines and fees. The portion of a payment that is property tax and home insurance are taken out of each payment made and placed in escrow until it is time to make the payment. This also serves as insurance that the property is not at risk. The practice then also helps protect the homeowner and lender of record.

 

The best thing to do is to conduct research personally and with a dedicated realtor who can point potential homebuyers in the right direction to make wise and sound decisions. Home buying is not something to take lightly as there are many things to consider. When it comes to escrow, many potential homeowners decide to go this route so costs are covered automatically without too much forethought. Others may wish (if possible) to do without but it is certainly up to the homeowner to decide what to do based on research and what is best for the personal situation each family faces.



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