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Subject: Re: So I could get a call from wells fargo.....
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On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 3:20:30 PM UTC-5, michael anderson wrote:
> On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 1:27:45 PM UTC-6, xyzzy wrote:
> > On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 1:00:46 PM UTC-5, michael anderson wrote:
> > > my mortgage has gone up.
> > > 
> > > wtf?  
> > > 
> > > I owe like 27 dollars more every month now.
> > > 
> > > I say how does a mortgage go up?  I have a fixed rate.
> > > 
> > > She says the escrow has gone up.  She says the county(Jefferson co) has raised property tax.  
> > > 
> > > I say thats bullshit....she says at least you can deduct the increase on your taxes next year.
 I say no I can't because trump's most recent tax increase prevents me from doing that.  She says
I'm sorry but the change for the county property tax is all explained in the letter.  
> > > 
> > > Which gave me an idea- any property tax increase should be voted on ONLY by those who actually
own property.  
> > > 
> > > Jefferson county is democratic leaning, but the small communities in jefferson county where
people actually own property with any value(Homewood, Vestavia, Mountain Brook) is republican.  Why
in the world should jefferson county democrats, who either don't own property or own negligible
amounts of property, get to tell the people who actually own the property what tax they should pay
on their property?
> > > 
> > > Of course they are just going to just raise property taxes....
> > 
> > wtf is a high roller like you doing paying escrow?  You did put 20% down on your loan, right?
> 
> yes more than that, but there is still a set amount I put aside to cover property taxes and
insurance rather than pay it all at once(because I'd probably just forget then).  Easier to lump it
in with one payment.  Isn't that amount that you pay every month with the mortgage called the
'escrow'(property tax + insurance)?

Yes but if you have at least 20% equity in your house you don't have to pay escrow. You can tell the
bank to stop collecting it, and just pay your property taxes and insurance yourself. Especially if
you don't like how your bank is handling it or if, as Wonko says, you don't want to give them free
use of your money.