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What is an escrow account? Why do I need one?

Your lender will set up an escrow account to collect funds for the payment of your real estate taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and private mortgage insurance, if necessary. Each month a portion of your payment will be held in your escrow account to make sure the funds are available when these payments are due. At that time, funds are drawn from the escrow account. You may pay your own real estate taxes and insurance if you prefer.

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