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Published December 16, 2020

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How do I calculate monthly real estate tax payments?

Calculating Monthly Real Estate Tax Payment

The lender must base its calculation of real estate taxes for borrower qualification on no less than the current assessed value. However, the lender must project the real estate taxes if one of the following applies:

  • For purchase and construction-related transactions, the lender must use a reasonable estimate of the real estate taxes based on the value of the land and the total of all new and existing improvements. This policy also applies to properties in jurisdictions where a transfer of ownership typically results in a reassessment or revaluation of the property and a corresponding increase in the amount of taxes.
  • There is a tax abatement on the subject property that will last for no less than 5 years from the note date. For example:
    • for a municipality with a 10-year abatement, the lender may qualify the borrower with the reduced tax amount;
    • for a municipality with a 10-year abatement and with annual real estate tax increases in years 1 through 10, the lender must qualify the borrower with the annual taxes that will be required at the end of the 5 th year after the first mortgage payment date.

The lender has the option to project the real estate taxes if the amount of taxes will be reduced based on federal, state, or local jurisdictional requirements. However, the taxes may not be reduced if an appeal to reduce them is only pending and has not been approved.

For additional information, see B3-6-03, Monthly Housing Expense for the Subject Property.

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