Real Estate Taxes

General Overview

With respect to mortgage loans sold to PennyMac, the following tax payment guidelines apply:

  • The Correspondent is responsible for all tax payments that are due between the closing of the mortgage loan and the purchase of the mortgage loan by PennyMac.
  • At purchase, PennyMac will withhold the entire initial escrow deposit regardless of a tax payment made on behalf of the borrower.
  • If the Correspondent pays a tax bill subsequent to the closing of a mortgage loan, the Correspondent should send evidence that a tax bill was paid to <Send email to ["CorrespondentPostClosing"].. A refund will be processed upon receipt of acceptable proof of payment.
  • A copy of the front and back of the check used to pay the bill and payment history showing the Correspondent’s remittance is acceptable evidence of payment.
  • All tax penalties incurred by PennyMac arising from the delinquent payment of real estate taxes prior to the purchase date of the mortgage loan are the responsibility of the Correspondent.
  • Evidence of current or new tax information must be submitted with the closed loan package.
  • PennyMac charges a Tax Service Fee on each loan purchased, government and conventional