How can I refinance my current home and buy a new home at the same time?

Asked by jsnduran, Hoboken, NJ Sun Mar 24, 2013

I purchased a condo two years ago through FHA, and within 3 months, the Condo Development lost its FHA qualification. I now want to buy a home that I cannot qualify for unless I refinance the condo. In order to purchase the house (time is a factor) I need to refinance the condo with 10% down and purchase the house with 10% down at the same time. If anyone can help me with these two mortgages I would greatly appreciate it. I have heard of 10% mortgages without PMI, but I am ready and willing to finance the PMI into both loans if necessary.

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Javier Menes…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Melville, NY
Sun Mar 24, 2013
Ok, a few things. I assume you mean that you're looking to cash out on the condo's equity enough to have a 10% down payment for the new purchase? Are you also saying that you'll have to pay PMI on both the new purchase and the condo? Why exactly must you refinance the condo in order to qualify for the new purchase? Which one will you be using as your primary residence? Much more information is needed.

I'm not sure how ANY lender could say that they have the ability to do both loans for you, this is not true. First, one of the two must be your primary and the other an investment or second home. In either case, I can tell you for a fact that you'll need to have way more than just 10% equity on the one you'll hold as an investment property. Paying PMI on both is simply not an option.

Also, what is the likelihood that the value of your condo has increased enough in the past 2 years, so that it lends itself to refinancing?

I also would like to say that I strongly suggest you NOT consider what we call lender paid mortgage insurance. This is never a smart option over paying PMI. The fact is that lenders who offer loans without needing PMI simply offer those loans with higher interest rates to cover the cost of the mortgage insurance they'll pay for, which is why it's called lender paid MI (LPMI). The difference is that when you pay PMI, it's a temporary thing, but when a lender charges a higher rate to absorb the LPMI, it's a temporary expense for the bank, but a higher rate for you that lasts the entire life of the loan.

I really suggest you find a reliable Loan Officer who can truly guide you up the right path. I'm always available if you need someone. Good luck!

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Thank you for the quick response. The new house will be my primary, and the condo I currently live in will be kept as an investment. I am trying to figure out a way to keep the condo as an investment, while purchasing the new home. My DTI does not currently allow to qualify for the new home. If I could refinance the condo from 4.875 (current rate) and get out of FHA, I could theoretically apply for an FHA mortgage on the new home. I am almost out of options, and really want the new house.
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Gail Gladsto…, Agent, 11743, NY
Sun Mar 24, 2013

If anyone can do it, that would be Brian Tom of Cliff Co Mortgage.

You can reach Brian at 516-448-2434 or email him at
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