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If your loan is currently an FHA loan, then you could be eligible for an FHA streamline refinance. This refinance also does not require a re-appraisal and there are no hits at the credit score you are providing. Rates for this loan are also around 5.75-5.875%. You will have to keep your PMI but your monthly savings could be in the $200-$225/month range.
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I'd like to try to refinance, but whats frustrating is just to have a shot at it, I have to pay $400 or so for an appraisal which is pretty risky as I don't think the guy will even take a look around my house to see what we've put into the interior (ie 25k for granite, backsplace in kitche) - he's just gonna see that the place next door sold for 225, and since mine is a 2 bed and next door is a 3, this means he'll probably put me 200 or so which is 25k less than i owe...
You didnt say what rate you were at now, but I'll add my two cents anyway.
You can't finance more than the home is worth. Best bet is FHA, which like Luke said allows a high LTV. FHA however charges a 1.75% up-front fee (called MIP) on refinances AND monthly PMI would be mandatory so this may wipe out any savings generated by a rate decrease.
You should definitely start with talking to Wells to see if FHA is an option and if it will save you money. If not, then at least ask them about a loan modification. The kicker there is that normally they will only modify your loan if you demonstrate hardship and the inability to make your payments at the current rate. If you're just cheesed that you're hearing about all these great rates and you'd simply like to take advantage then you're probably out of luck.
The moves that the government is making to try to force interest rates down is aimed at A) helping people having difficulty making payments avoid foreclosure and B) enabling renters to become buyers, thus taking some of the excess home inventory off the market. While this doesn't help lower payments for you or I, who pay our bills on time, the intent is to stem the foreclosure problem and the benefit to us is that we hopefully won't continue to lose equity in our homes.
Best of luck,
I will assume that your credit is good but even with a good credit score, probably the best route to go would be an FHA loan. Rates should be between 5.00-5.25% an the mortgage insurance is really inexpensive - $100/month on $224k.
Your payment with P&I and MI would be $1,337 and you can add the taxes and ins to that.
You can go up to 97.75% of your home's value so you may need to bring something to the close, but nothing like if you were trying to avoid MI altogether.
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There really is no way to refinance your mortgage if your 'upside down' or 'underwater' as you wrote. The best alternative is to try to modify your loan with your current lender. You would not be able to switch banks or mortgage companies while you have little-to-no equity in your home.
I think a good place to start is with Wells Fargo. If you need an attorney or someone to help with a 'workout', I can recommend several professionals to you.
Scott Miller, RealtorÂ®
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