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Blog Image: Should I Pay Mortgage Taxes and Insurance on My Own?

Should I Pay Mortgage Taxes and Insurance on My Own?

When you buy a home or refinance, your lender will talk about setting up an “escrow” account. They may also refer to the charges in that account at “impounds.” If you are new to mortgage loans, you may not understand what these terms mean. And even if you’ve been around the mortgage block a few times, you may wonder if you’d be better off handling the impounds yourself. What are Escrow Accounts and Impounds?  Escrow is a third party-managed account that collects money for your property taxes and homeowner insurance, paying them off when the bills ...

December 30th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Should I Pay Mortgage Taxes and Insurance on My Own?

Blog Image: Should I Pay Off My Mortgage with My 401(k)?

Should I Pay Off My Mortgage with My 401(k)?

The COVID-19 crisis has left millions of Americans unemployed and uncertain of how to make their mortgage payments and other debt obligations. In response to the need for emergency funds, the government created the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which provided stimulus checks and better unemployment benefits. It also included provisions that allow people to borrow more money from their retirement accounts while waiving penalty fees for early withdrawal. For many, this might seem like a great way to pay off their mortgage now and reduce their debt load. However, ever...

November 4th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Should I Pay Off My Mortgage with My 401(k)?