In Buying Property - Asked by scarlett s. - May 24, 2012
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Inna S.
New York, NY

Depending on how your mortgage payments are structured. Make sure to ask your mortgage broker is your monthly payments include taxes. If they are included, your bank will be making your tax payments. Still, watch your yearly increases and consult with your attorney, you may be able to lower your yearly taxes.

May 24, 2012
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David V.
Mansfield, TX

You don't have to pay again if your lender is collecting an amount monthly. At some point at the end of the year you'll receive a statement from your county appraisal district that will show your property tax amount but it will also state "Do Not Pay".....

May 25, 2012
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LaWynda O.
Rockwall, TX

Annually your mortgage company will pay your taxes on your behalf. If your property insurance is included in your "escrow account" or closing costs, this will be paid by them as well.
You receive statements from your taxing authorities so you will stay informed of their current valuation of your property. Property increase is good for resale valuation but that doesn't guarantee you'll get that amount, it's just a good rule-of-thumb. They try to go by similar property sales in your area "comps or comparables" but keep in mind, your interior isn't part of that number. If you have upgrades or updates you'll receive a better price. However, the bottom line is... your home is worth what a Buyer will pay & you'll accept at that time of the sale.
Keep in mind too: higher the evaluation = higher taxes you'll pay. Due to this reason alone, even if my evaluation goes down I usually let that slide because it saves me money now. What I get for my house when it sells is not determined by your tax evaulation. Only if there is a significant jump in price would I dispute the Taxing Authority.
Yearly you should also receive an accounting of your escrow account from your mortgage company. This statement will reflect everything paid by them on your behalf for the year: taxes, insurance & possibly PMI if you own less than 20% of your home. Believe it or not, PMI is default insurance for your mortgage investor. Once you own 20% equity you're exempt.

May 25, 2012
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Jeff R.
Lender/Mortgage Broker
Birmingham, MI

If your lender/bank is escrowing your taxes than they should be paying them. If they are not than you have a problem on your hand. Ive had borrowers that found out they lender failed to pay, with bad results. It was a bank that was going through major issues and eventually was shut down.

Sep 13, 2012
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