Archive for February, 2010
February 9th, 2010, posted by Christian
February 4th, 2010, posted by Amber
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February 4th, 2010, posted by jeremy
I recently noticed that my monthly mortgage payment had increased by a modest amount. I received a notice that they were adding about $15 a month as a “reserve requirement” for my escrow fund. As you are aware if you’re a home owner, the bank collects extra money from you each month for an escrow fund, which it then uses to pay your real estate taxes. A nice service, because you then don’t have to come up with many hundreds of dollars every six months to pay your taxes.
However, as I found in a recent post in a financial planning newsletter (http://www.ricedelman.com/cs/education/qa_questionable_reserve_requirement), this extra reserve isn’t a requirement at all! They’re simply holding onto your money, in case there’s an “unexpected” expense. That’s nice for them, because they can then pocket the interest on your deposit. A quick phone call, and they offered to remove the extra $15 “requirement”–I didn’t even have to argue with them! They even told me they had an extra $150 in my escrow account, and would I like that returned to me? Well, duh!
So the next time you see an unexpected charge, pay attention. Even if they say it’s required. Ask questions. And if you’re tired of dealing with the big banks, you have options: check out http://moveyourmoney.info.