What is escrow?
Escrow may not be the most straightforward part of a home loan to understand. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. What is Escrow? Simply put, an escrow account is like a separate side account that’s there to cover your property taxes and/or your homeowner’s insurance. Think of it like a safe money stash that your lender holds for you to pay for property taxes and homeowner’s insurance.
Let's break this down
Once every year, we sit down and review your escrow account to make sure that it’s in excellent shape for the upcoming year. Property taxes (paying just got easier) An escrow account takes care of another big payment you have: property taxes. And this makes paying your property taxes a cinch (and who doesn’t want that!). Homeowner’s insurance (simplify your payment) The biggest advantage to having an escrow account is that your homeowner’s insurance is included in your monthly mortgage billing statement—making payments easier to manage.
What should I do if I receive a tax bill?
All you need to do is mail or fax your tax bill to the address below. Please include your loan number. Mail: Summit Funding Attn: Property Taxes 95 Methodist Hill Drive Suite 100 Rochester, NY 14623 Fax: 509-797-8963
Why did I receive an escrow overage check?
You may have received an overage check because your annual insurance premium, taxes (or both) were less than originally expected. Take a look at the escrow analysis statement included with the check—it will show you how the overage was calculated. Federal law requires that we return any surplus over $50 directly to you. However, if you would like to return the overage check to us and have it applied as a principal reduction, we can do that too! Please do so by endorsing the back of the check to and send it to the address below. Summit Funding, Inc ATTN: Cashiering PO Box 650094 Dallas, Texas 75265
What is the difference between a shortage vs. a deficiency in my escrow account?
A shortage means an amount by which a current escrow account balance falls short of the target balance at the time of escrow analysis. If your escrow account analysis discloses a shortage of less than one month's escrow account payment, then we may require you to repay the shortage amount within 30 days. If your escrow account analysis discloses a shortage that is greater than or equal to one month's escrow account payment, then we may require you to repay the shortage in equal monthly payments over at least a 12-month period. A deficiency is the amount of a negative balance in an escrow account. If your escrow account analysis confirms a deficiency, then we may require you to pay additional monthly deposits to your account to eliminate the deficiency. If the deficiency is less than one month's escrow account payment, then we may require you to repay the deficiency within 30 days. If the deficiency is greater than or equal to one month's escrow payment, we may require you to repay the deficiency in two or more equal monthly payments. Please see your Escrow Analysis Statement for further details.
What payment methods can I use to I repay my escrow shortage or deficiency?
You may pay the shortage in your escrow account by phone 866-685-7990 (a processing fee may apply) or by mailing it to the address below. Summit Inc. ATTN: Escrow 500 South Broad St. Ste 100A Meriden, CT 06450 If you are mailing your payment, be sure to include your Escrow Account Shortage Payment Coupon (found on your Escrow Analysis Statement) and/or specify your intent to apply the payment to your escrow shortage. If you are current on payments, you may also pay online. Click here to sign into to your account. If the shortage causes a financial hardship and you feel that you cannot afford the increased payment amount, please call our Customer Care Department at 866-685-7990 right away, and we’ll be happy to discuss options that are available to you.
What if I want to pay my escrow shortage in full?
The repayment option allowing for payment over 12 months for shortages that are greater than or equal to one month's escrow account payment is derived from federal regulations governing escrow shortages and deficiencies. Although a lump sum payment is not a required option, SUMMIT will allow for it upon customer request. If you would like to repay your shortage in a lump sum, you may do so using one of the payment options above.
What if I want to pay my escrow shortage in less than 12 months?
The repayment option allowing for payment over 12 months for shortages that are greater than or equal to one month's escrow account payment is derived from federal regulations governing escrow shortages and deficiencies. Although paying in less than 12 months is not a required option, SUMMIT will allow for it upon customer request. If you would like to repay your shortage in less than a 12-month period, please contact our Customer Care Center at (866)685-7990.