Purchased condo 2bd 2bath in 2004 for $224,900. With 10% down - now owe 191K how do i get rid of pmi

Asked by Nanci, Parlin, NJ Sat May 17, 2008

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Corey Grushin, Agent, East Brunswick, NJ
Wed May 21, 2008
Nanci this may or may not be easy. First make sure you don't have an FHA loan. I'm assuming you don't because you put 10% down, but I don't like to assume.
You should call a couple of Realtors to find out what are the recent sale prices of units equal to yours within your development or within 1 mile of you. You will save yourself some money this way by not having to get an appraisal done. If the sales of other condos that are similar to yours are in the $245,000 or greater price range then you will be able to rid yourself of PMI. (you need 22% equity in the property to stop PMI (191,000 / 0.78 = 244,871) )
Next you will need to call your loan servicer and tell them what you are trying to do. They should furnish you with a list of approved appraisers in your area who they will accept an appraisal from. An appraisal will cost you $300 - $350. Your loan servicer upon receiving the appraisal ( you should receive one as well) will discontinue the PMI if you have a 22% equity stake in the property.
Also keep in mind if your interest rate is about 6% or higher, it may pay for you to refinance even if you still need PMI because of new IRS ruling about Mortgage insurance deductibility for policies issued since 2007. See the link below.
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Jeannette, Home Buyer, Keasbey, NJ
Sat May 17, 2008
if you refinance your home.. the PMI is automatically removed..
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Kenneth Verb…, Agent, PRINCETON, NJ
Sat May 17, 2008
also depends upon the current value. (not so much what you paid) If you were refinancing you could have broken the mortgage into a first and second keeping the first below 80% value in which case you likely would not have pmi. With so many mortgage changes lately as Frank indicates contact your lender first and dont be surprised if you have to pay for the appraisal..
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Frank Diaz, Agent, Honolulu, HI
Sat May 17, 2008
You have to contact your lender. Sometimes it is 20% of the loan value that must be paid. It may be 2 years and 20%. It varies. Only they can tell you specifically, since they hold the note. You may need another appraisal at the time it is removed.
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