Understanding your escrow analysis
Join one of our Vibrant mortgage service specialists as she walks you through the typical escrow analysis statement and answers some of your most pressing questions about why your monthly payment may be changing.
Note, if you pay prior to January 1, 2024, your online account may not reflect your updated 2024 payment amount. Please call first to verify your updated payment amount.
An escrow account is a special holding account we use to pay your property taxes and homeowners insurance premiums. We manage this account for you so that you only need to make one monthly payment and don’t have to worry about multiple payment due dates.
The amount of money that goes into your escrow account is based on our best estimate of what your insurance and property tax expenses will be in the coming year.
he amount of money that goes into your escrow account reflects our best estimate of your property tax and homeowners insurance premiums for the coming year. Because these expenses can fluctuate over time (based on your home’s changing market value and other factors), it’s rare that the amount set aside for your escrow account exactly matches what is paid out.
Every fall, we analyze your account to see whether we’ve set aside more money than you need (an overage) or not enough (a shortage). We also take a look at your latest insurance premiums and property tax bills so that we can adjust your payments for next year to reflect any changes.
If your account has a shortage, your taxes and premiums will still be paid—but you will need to pay the difference back to us. There are two ways to do this: We can either increase your mortgage payments next year to cover that amount, or you can submit a payment for the entire sum before noon on Saturday, December 30, 2023.
If your account has an overage of less than $50, we’ll carry the remainder over to next year to provide a cushion for any potential shortages. If your account has an over of $50 or more, you will receive a check for the surplus amount that you can spend as you see fit.
January 1, 2024. If you typically make your January payment prior to the first of the month, please make sure to adjust that payment to reflect the new payment amount and avoid any late fees.
IMPORTANT: Your online account will not reflect the updated amount due until January 1, 2024. This is so that we can make adjustments for members who choose to pay all or part of their escrow shortages up until December 30, 2023.
While the principal and interest on your mortgage payment haven’t changed, your property taxes and/or homeowners insurance premiums have increased since your last escrow analysis. We therefore have to set aside a larger amount of money each month to cover these increases.
You need to complete and submit an escrow change form to us by noon on December 30, 2023. If you pay your mortgage through a non-Vibrant account, you will need to provide your account number.
If you pay extra toward your principal balance or would like to start, make sure to note the payment amount on your form.
That indicates that your escrow account had a shortage in 2023 (your estimated escrow contributions were smaller than your actual taxes and/or premiums). In addition to increasing your payment to accommodate those higher charges, you also need to make up the amount of the shortage. If you prefer, you can pay some or all of the shortage amount by noon on December 30, 2023, and decrease your payments for next year.
While the amount of principal and interest you pay toward your mortgage hasn’t changed, either your property tax assessment or homeowners’ insurance premiums have declined since last year. Enjoy the savings!
No, the payments will always be based at minimum of what your taxes and insurance are. Since those typically increase annually, paying the shortage does not mean the monthly amounts won't increase for next year.
Yes, you can pay all or a portion of your shortage. This must be done by noon on Saturday, December 30, 2023.
You can make your payment through our online banking platform. After logging in, you will see your home loan appear on the main dashboard screen. Click on your home loan to expand this area. Select "Pay Now." In the bulleted options, you will see an "Escrow Only" option. Enter the appropriate amount here. Finish your transaction by selecting "Submit Transfer." Upon payment, please contact us to have your 2024 payments updated accordingly.
Your check will arrive within two weeks after you receive your escrow analysis letter.
You will receive a check in the mail.
If your overage amount was less than $50, it remains on deposit in your escrow account to provide a cushion for any potential shortages in 2024.