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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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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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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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Loan-with-PMI vs other loan: which is best to pay down

I would like to understand whether it is better to make extra payments on a home loan that includes PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) or a different (high interest) loan. Typically, when deciding ...
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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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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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Can I get a tax deduction for PMI?

My yearly income is less than $80000 but my joint income goes 150000+. If i file married filing separately, will i be able to claim PMI? I think there is income limit to claim it but i am not sure of ...
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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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FHA streamline refi

I am looking into doing a streamline refi on my 211,000 FHA loan with interest rate of 5.5%, 30 yr fixed. I've had this loan for 2 years. I can get a 4.25% rate, 30 yr fixed. My concern is that my MIP ...
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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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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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Our home equity has increased. Can we get rid of PMI without an appraisal?

We have Private Mortgage Insurance on our house because we didn't put 20% down when we bought it. We've recently paid some extra money on the mortgage, and we now have > 22% equity. We've contacted ...
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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?