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Handling Escrow on Your Loans – 3 of 3

Special Situations Check out part 1 – The Rules for Lenders and part 2 – How to do Escrow in Moneylender Now that we know how to determine the periodic escrow amount and what the allowed amounts are, let’s talk about some situations that commonly come up over the life of a loan in the real world. Pre-Funding the Escrow Account on a New Loan Loans are originated at all times of the year, and property taxes and insurance premiums can be due at various times of the year, too.   Sometimes the loan is opened and the property taxes are due almost immediately.   When this happens, it is common and appropriate to require a deposit to the escrow account as part of the loan closing.   Although a lawyer or escrow company will usually figure out the numbers, you can easily determine a reasonable deposit amount yourself. Taking the amount to be paid in the future as the “expense”, the deposit amount is the expense minus 1/12 th of the expense for each month from when the loan

Handling Escrow on Your Loans – 2 of 3

How to do Escrow in Moneylender Check out part 1 of this Series – The Rules for Lenders Moneylender can happily determine the correct amount to add to each P&I payment so your escrow balance conforms to the regulations.   Moneylender already knows the payment schedule and can determine how many payments will post to the loan in each month.   You will need to tell Moneylender when you expect to disburse money from the escrow account, and how much you expect those disbursements to be.   For tax reporting purposes, Moneylender also needs you to categorize the disbursements into Property Tax, Property Insurance, Mortgage Insurance or Other. To do this, you select the loan, visit the settings tab on the right and click Escrow Account.   From here we see all the pertinent information including the escrow balance, upcoming disbursals, and the current and future escrow charges.   Click Manage Disbursements to add, change or confirm the money you have or will be paying out of

Handling Escrow on Your Loans – 1 of 3

The Rules for Lenders Tracking escrow on mortgage loans is a big deal, and an important part of servicing loans properly .  There are a lot of moving parts to doing it correctly.  What are the rules, how do you track the information about payments you’ve made and will make in the future, how do you decide how much to charge each month so the amount you have in the escrow account is reasonable and legal, what about sending the correct documentation to the borrower and the IRS?  Making a mistake can call into question the validity of your calculations, expose you to fees or penalties, or even put your collateral in jeopardy. The United States government enacted the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) in the mid 1970’s to help consumers understand the costs of getting a loan as well as regulate practices that were padding extra fees onto new home loans.   The law also limited how much money lenders could require from their borrowers to keep in an Escrow account.

Setting a Precedent

Disclaimer: I am not an attorney, none of the ideas here should be considered legal advice. I had a call from a customer a few weeks back where they wanted payments not to pay fees, but rather to pay interest and principal first.   The borrower was paying only the principal and interest payment, and was consistently late.   The customer was thinking that at some point the fees would eventually get paid through some kind of supplemental payment or maybe sit there until payoff.   They said they had seen that banks will do it that way, having a payment affect the principal and interest first and then pay the late fee. I brought up a few reasons why we should let Moneylender apply the payment to the fees first, then interest then principal. Banks will almost always foreclose on a first mortgage after 90 days.   I have plenty of customers that service their loans with Moneylender Professional that will start foreclosure within days of hitting a 90-day delinquency.   Legally

The Farmer Who Could Understand Animals

I am a huge fan of the book The Richest Man in Babylon .   I buy half a dozen copies at a time and give them to my friends when the subject of money comes up.    I’ve participated in and run book studies.   It’s such a simple and pointed book that is as fun to read as it is instructional.   There’s one part of the book that I retell to people often, and it applies quite well to any lenders that might make lenient repayment terms with borrowers that are getting behind. I’ll tell the story here (although the version printed in the book is much better).   In the book, this parable is told from a seasoned moneylender to a spear maker.   The spear maker had recently been given a gift of 50 gold pieces from the king as a reward for presenting a new design for the spears of the royal guard.   The spear maker was beseeched by his family and friends for loans day and night.   Unsure what to do, and not wanting to lose his gold and good fortune, he asked the moneylender for advice… T

For Lenders Preparing to Close Out 2018

With the calendar year coming to an end, now is the time to get your books in order and make sure you can accurately account for your lending and leasing activities for the year.   For those that service their loans and leases with Moneylender Professional , we have a few tips to make sure your records are ready for year-end accounting and reporting. Don’t Print 1098s until 2019.   Moneylender 3 uses the template system to provide 1098 forms for customers in the USA.   The tags for these templates use total from the previous calendar year.   That means you can’t get 2018 totals until 2019.   You can use Moneylender’s emailing capabilities to email the Substitute 1098 forms directly to your borrowers straight out of Moneylender.   You can print the substitute forms for anyone without a valid email address. For the official IRS forms, order them from the IRS, and you can print the Data-Only flavors of the 1098 templates directly onto the official forms.   Be sure to check

AutoPay – Integrated payment system for Moneylender Professional

Moneylender now has integrated payment systems to allow lenders to set up payments from borrowers with just two clicks.   Whitman Technological does all the heavy lifting: getting payment details from the borrower; moving the funds; crediting the payment to the loan.   Our new AutoPay service will help lenders and borrowers have an effortless, error-free loan repayment experience. AutoPay also lets borrowers set up payments and recurring payments, as well as checking on the balance and due date of their loan online.   Lenders with secure websites can embed AutoPay into their site to provide a full featured repayment experience to their borrowers.

Moneylender 3 Hits Another Milestone

Just under two years since the Alpha version of Moneylender 3 became available to the public we have hit update number 100 to our signature application.  Releasing updates ranging from a month apart to sometimes twice on the same day, we have made nearly 1000 improvements to the program since release. We are happy to hit this mark, and look forward to hitting further milestones in the years ahead.   As always, the real thanks goes to our amazing customers.   Without your feedback and cooperation, we would never have had any reason to make updates in the first place.   From the very beginning, Moneylender has been a project driven by the feedback and requests of our customers. It’s been so rewarding to see this project, under development for eleven years, finding real-world use for all kinds of situations.   Some of you are really leveraging the abilities of the system to handle your loans.   That is perhaps the greatest compliment we could ever receive.   The best is stil

Moneylender Hits a New Record for Google Placement

For the first time ever, Moneylender appeared at number FOUR in results for “ loan servicing software ”.   That’s incredible for a product that has no recurring fees and a one-time license purchase price of $329 (at the time of this writing).   Our competitors usually charge substantial annual fees, and often have initial costs in the thousands.   It’s amazing that we’re ahead of the pack with our loan servicing system in spite of our exceptionally low cost. Moneylender was first released for $35 in 2004 because “someone would probably find this handy”.   Since then nearly 1000 someones have found our loan servicing system handy.   Our goal since 2007 has been to create the world’s best loan servicing platform.   We have spend many late nights over the ten years that followed to create Moneylender 3.   In the eleven months since the release of Moneylender 3 there have been 187 someones (at the time of this writing) that have put Moneylender 3 to the test with their real-world loa

Moneylender Featured on the Savvy Radio Show

Huge thanks to the Savvy Radio Show  hosted by Steven VanCauwenbergh for his review of Moneylender Professional.  Long-time customer Crystal Caruthers pointed them in our direction and I’m very grateful she did.  This kind of coverage is so encouraging.  If you haven’t heard their radio show, go check it out! Steven is author of the book "the Savvy Landlord".  Check out more of his work on his website: I should pull my head out of the code more often to see what people are saying about Moneylender on the internet!

Moneylender 3 Professional Cracked Version [Free Download]

Hello friend, If you’re on this page, you were probably trying to find a copy of my latest software without having to pay for it.   I know I’m not the smartest person in the world, so even my most imaginative software protection could probably be unwound by someone.   If it runs on a computer, then it’s a set of instructions.   If the computer can follow instructions, then so can people.   If a person can understand the instructions, they can modify the instructions as desired. I have tried my best to make it hard for someone to run the software I spent ten years writing without paying the modest one-time license fee.   I offer the program at a price that anyone with loans to manage will be able to easily afford, and I don’t think it’s reasonable to charge annual fees just to keep using the software that you already paid for like some of my competitors. If you’re thinking about stealing my program, how about just buying it instead?   It’s not that expensive, and from