Think of an escrow account as a special checking account. Each month a certain amount of money is set aside in your escrow account to pay real estate taxes, hazard insurance, mortgage insurance, and other escrow related items, when they are due. Your escrow payment is part of your total monthly mortgage payment. It is collected along with the principal and interest portion of your mortgage payment.
Each year, your account is reviewed to estimate future payments to and disbursements from your escrow account. The process of reviewing your account is referred to as escrow analysis. The analysis method required by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) for residential loans is called aggregate analysis. The aggregate method of escrow analysis is similar to balancing your checkbook. Payments go into and disbursements go out of your escrow account to give you a monthly escrow balance. RESPA requires lenders to provide borrowers with an Initial Escrow Account Disclosure Statement within 45 days of closing, and an Annual Escrow Account Disclosure Statement at least once every twelve months thereafter. These statements are designed to provide information regarding the anticipated tax and insurance activity in the escrow account.
The Escrow Disclosure Software prompts the user through a series of questions and then fills out the Escrow Disclosure form using the Aggregate Accounting method. The software works with an initial, annual, or short-year Escrow Disclosure statement. Print or print preview documents on letter size paper. Save and retrieve documents for future use. Aggregate Escrow Adjustment Software is FREE (line 1008 of the HUD-1 RESPA).
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