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Can FHA mortgage insurance premiums go up after a loan is issued?

Is the FHA monthly mortgage insurance payment determined at the time the loan is written? I have a friend who streamlined her FHA loan in about 2012 (original FHA loan 2007). Her MI annual payment ...
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4answers
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Best refinance option

Edit 8/13 3:30pm: Thank you everyone for the helpful advice so far. The lender behind Options A & B contacted me and lobbied for himself, saying there is a $1000 credit towards closing which ...
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1answer
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Is it to my advantage to refinance with an LPMI option (Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance)?

My fiance and I bought a house in April 2013 using a FHA loan, 30-year fixed. We only had to put down 3.5% so of course a good bit of our monthly payment is PMI. I got a call today from the same ...
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1answer
104 views

Can I add PMI to my principal balance when I take out a mortgage?

I'm considering purchasing a house, but I'd like to put as close to 10% down as possible, so I still have money left after the down payment for closing costs and for renovations and repairs. ...
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3answers
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How can I challenge or confirm a shady home appraisal?

I just built a new home and am finishing up the loan process. In the initial paperwork, the purchase price of the home was supposed to be 270k, but due to additions I wanted it ended up being around ...
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1answer
510 views

PMI cancellation based on original mortgage amount

We bought a house in 2005, and since we did not put 20% down, we have been paying PMI. Since then, the value of our home (and neighborhood) has declined. Our principal balance is currently 77% of ...
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3answers
477 views

Is PMI rate set until 20% paid off

From various things I have read, it seems like PMI stays at the same rate, regardless of how much you owe. Is that right? That is, say I put down 10% and I get PMI. Will my PMI payments stay the ...
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2answers
960 views

First Time Home Buyers - Down Payment, PMI and Points

My wife and I are looking to buy our first home in the next couple months and wanted to get an idea of what we are looking at. Right now we have about 80k saved up and want to put 10% down on a home ...
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Why would refinancing my mortgage increase my PMI, even though rates are lower?

I'm currently stuck in a 5.5% loan on balance 167.5k. PMI is roughly $75/mo. I am trying to refinance, but my lender tells me that even going down to ~4% rates, it wouldn't be worth it because my PMI ...
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4answers
666 views

Lower rate with PMI or higher rate?

I'm currently in the process of looking for home to buy, and one of the options is one costing 460K, which I plan to pay with 15% down and the rest (391K) financed. Since it's less than 20% down, the ...
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2answers
820 views

I have a mortgage with PMI, what happens to PMI when I get to the 'safe' LTV ratio?

I have a mortgage with PMI, what happens to PMI when I get to the 'safe' LTV ratio? Does my payment stay the same and more money goes to paying off interest or principal? Does my payment drop?
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Primary Residence to Investment Property - Changing PMI Terms

When I purchased my property, it was my primary residence. Two years later, I moved out and began renting this property out. I am now trying to refinance the mortgage on this property, but I am not ...
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2answers
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Is it possible to eliminate PMI (Personal/Private Mortgage Insurance) on a mortgage before reaching 20% down on principal?

I am a relatively new home owner, having purchased my first home in October 2009. Overall, I feel I got an excellent deal on the loan, which was 5% no-cost, no points, and 12% down. I had to take on ...
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What does PMI mean?

I've seen the term PMI used a couple of times on this site and don't know what it is. What is it?