Thinking of owning a home for the first time? Start here to learn everything you need to know about credit, down payments, and choosing the best mortgage for your needs. Hint: It's probably easier than you thought!
Most mortgage loans come with an impound account for paying property taxes and homeowner's insurance. Impound accounts are pre-funded at closing. And an impound (or escrow) analysis is conducted by your lender once a year.
When you negotiate a purchase agreement with a seller, you'll be asked to put down earnest money. Earnest money is a deposit that shows the seller you're serious. And like any money that you plan to use to purchase your home, you'll be asked to "source" your earnest money.