Once you close your purchase transaction, you may have an escrow account or impound account with your lender.
This means the amount you pay each month includes an amount above what would be required if you were only paying your principal and interest.
The extra money is held in your impound account (escrow account) for the payment of items like property taxes and homeowner's insurance when they come due.
The lender pays them with your money instead of you paying them yourself.
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