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2 escrow issues for sellers when closing near property tax due date
Whenever a real estate settlement is close to a property tax due date, the potential for a post closing property tax issue increases.  Simply, it is a matter of bad timing. Here are a couple escrow issues that can cause problems for home sellers who are planning to close near a property tax due date.
Taxes are double-paid  Let’s take Montgomery County, Maryland for example.  Real estate property taxes are due by September 30 and December 31 (assuming a principal residence).Now let’s say that you have scheduled a closing for the sale of your home on September 20.  Your current lender is escrowing for property taxes, which means that they are planning to pay your property tax bill by September 30.  So what could go wrong?As of September 20, your payoff lender has not sent in the property taxes so the title company, collects the property tax bill from you at closing and pays it, since the deed cannot be recorded unless the taxes are paid. The title company sends out your payoff, but it doesn’t get credited until September 21, and in the meantime the payoff lender has sent in your taxes to the county.
As of September 20, the county tax ... more

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