The concept of escrow can be confusing, regardless of how long or how little you’ve been a homeowner. However, it plays a fundamental role in your home purchase, as well as the servicing and payment of your mortgage.
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As a homeowner, you have two powerful tools thanks to all the equity you may have in your property: cash-out refinances and home equity loans. Understanding the nuances of each can empower you to make informed financial decisions and maximize the potential of your home's equity.
Home equity is a homeowner's interest in their property, representing the portion of the home's value that they own outright. It's calculated by subtracting the outstanding mortgage balance from the home's current market value. As you repay your mortgage or as your home appreciates, your equity grows, becoming a valuable resource for financing major expenses, investments or even debt consolidation.
Looking to access your tax documents for this year? If you’ve opted to receive 1098 and 1099 statements electronically, your 2023 Year-End Statement can now be accessed via the Documents section of your account.
Your 1098 statement, or Mortgage Interest Statement, is used for reporting the amount of interest and related expenses you paid on your mortgage within the tax year. The 1099 statement is used to report different sources of income throughout the tax year. With these two statements, you can be well prepared for tax season in April!
This Valentine’s Day, love is in the air! Not only does that apply to friends and family, but it also can apply to your home! Now is a great time to show your home a little extra love with some small and simple changes.
It’s that time of year again! If you’ve opted to receive 1098 and 1099 statements electronically, your 2023 year-end statement can be accessed via the Documents section of your account in late January. If you’ve enrolled in paperless delivery, you will be notified via email once it’s available. If you have not elected to receive your statements electronically, your statements will be mailed no later than January 31, 2024.
We know that buying or selling a home can be one of life’s biggest decisions. Without the right plan and team, you might feel like you don’t know where to begin, or you don’t know what happens next. There are a few easy ways to streamline and simplify the buying and selling process. Let’s dive into these top tips for success!
Fall and winter are just around the corner, and that means it's time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the colder months. With Halloween approaching you might think ghosts and witches are the spookiest visitors around, but higher energy bills and home maintenance issues in the fall and winter can be plenty spooky too! Don't worry, we've got you covered with seven tips to keep your home cozy and comfortable this season.
Property taxes play a significant role in your escrow account balance, and in turn, impact your monthly mortgage payments. Along with increases in home insurance rates, homeowners face property tax increases that can impact their escrow accounts and finances. As local tax rates and property assessments fluctuate, your property tax liability can increase over time. However, there are strategies you can employ to minimize these increases and preserve your financial stability. By taking advantage of available exemptions, budgeting and planning, homeowners can look to maximize their savings and create a more affordable homeownership experience.
Regardless of where you live, it’s important to have your home prepared for a potential natural disaster. If you experience a natural disaster, we are here to help. Please visit our Disaster Assistance page for resources available to you if you are impacted.
At Carrington, we understand how important it is to have the information you need available at the right time, and it’s our job to ensure you are aware of any situation that may affect your mortgage or online account.