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A primer on property taxes

Percentage paid at closing varies by state
Published on Aug 18, 2009

DEAR BERNICE: Do I have to pay 2008 or 2009 taxes in escrow? What things should I be considering before going ahead? Please point me in the right direction. I really appreciate your help. --Frank P. DEAR FRANK: I assume that you're asking about property taxes, but city, state and federal taxes can also be issues that you must address before you close your transaction. The amount you will have to pay in property taxes is contingent upon the time of year that you close. If you are putting less than 20 percent down, your lender may require you to pay one-twelfth of your property taxes each month as part of your mortgage payment.These monies are deposited on your behalf into an impound account. At tax time, the lender pays your property taxes. As part of your closing costs, the lender will collect several months of taxes to set up the impound account. The rates and ways in which taxes are assessed vary tremendously. Various taxing entities such as cities or school districts h...

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