PMI

PMI, or private mortgage insurance, reimburses lenders for the balance above 80 percent of the mortgage, if a home becomes a foreclosure. If you didn’t put down 20 percent in cash on your home, you’re probably paying private mortgage insurance. Learn more here about PMI — who needs it, what it does and how to use it.

Retiring with a Mortgage: Should You Get Insurance to Cover Unemployment?

When retiring with a mortgage, you should really think about whether downsizing would make more financial sense. Q: I currently have 10 years left on my home mortgage of about $200,000 and I am 64 years old.  I plan to …

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Refinance Underwater Mortgage After PMI Removed

If you want to refinance an underwater mortgage loan after the PMI is removed, look into a HARP 2.0 refinance, but there are fees and costs. Q: My husband and I purchased your book “100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer …

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Getting Rid Of PMI On Investment Real Estate Investment

Getting rid of PMI on investment real estate property can be nearly impossible with declining real estate values. Q: We bought an investment property for $76,000 about 7 years ago with no money down. Our interest rate is at 7.5 …

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Trying to Refinance Upside Down Mortgage

When loan modifications fail and you are trying to refinance upside down mortgage, your options are limited other than HARP 2.0. Q: I am currently paying on a mortgage that is becoming an overwhelming expense and causing me to go …

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When Is PMI Required

Q: I just heard Ilyce on the radio talking to a listener about a house he was purchasing from his parents. She said that he would have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI) if the appraisal came back and showed …

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Avoid PMI By Getting A Piggy Back Loan

Sometimes new home buyers do not have 20 percent of the purchase price for the down payment. First time home buyers often have to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). A piggy back loan can help first time home buyers or anyone who is short of cash for a down payment.

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PMI And Foreclosure Purchase

A couple wants to buy a foreclosed home but is unsure about how PMI figures in. PMI, or private mortgage insurance, reimburses lenders for the balance above 80 percent of the mortgage, if a home becomes a foreclosure.

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Canceling PMI on Investment Property

With an investment property, as with most other kinds of property, you must pay for PMI (private mortgage insurance) when you don’t make a large down payment or have a lot of equity in the property. The rules rules regarding PMI differ between owner occupied property and investment property. With an investment property, your best bet is to pay the mortgage down to 20 percent then cancel your PMI.

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PMI Changes At Closing

A home buyer received a good faith estimate including an estimated amount for the private mortgage insurance. At the closing, the PMI amount was different. By choosing a different type of loan or increasing your loan amount, they could have affected the amount of the monthly PMI payment. However, the home buyer could have avoided PMI all together with an 80/10/10 loan.

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Increase In PMI A Result Of Bad Lender

A homeowner is having difficulty finding out why her PMI is so much more than was stated in the original good faith estimate. The homeowner should file a complaint and use a real estate attorney in the future to avoid problems with bad lenders.

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