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Old 04-30-2009, 02:30 AM
 
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I got an FHA loan because I was led to believe that I could get rid of my PMI (or maybe its MIP) insurance once my loan to value ratio was 78%.

I contacted my bank and they said that you have to have the insurance for a minimum of 5 years, regardless of your LTV ratio if you have an FHA loan. Im wasting thousands of dollars on this, its crazy.

I have a $110,000 loan @ 5.0% (just bought a house a few months ago) and im spending 60 dollars a month on this insurance

would it make since to refinance to a conventional mortgage if i could get a similar rate, or would the closing costs be too high?
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Plano, Texas
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Your closing costs would be to much for it to make sense. Plus, if you go conventional you will have higher monthly PMI, or you will have to get a 2nd lien. I am assuming you put down very little money.
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:24 AM
 
Location: San Jose (Willow Glen)
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Your closing costs would be to much for it to make sense. Plus, if you go conventional you will have higher monthly PMI, or you will have to get a 2nd lien. I am assuming you put down very little money.
lol a 2nd? good luck.

he said that he thought he could cancel it at 78%, so I'm assuming he has the ability to get the loan down to under 80% for conventional.

5% should be no points and probably something like $2,500 in fees.

would take you 3.5 years to make it up in savings.

probably worth it if you are in for the long haul.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Another advantage is that FHA is almost always assumable- I won't say always without reading the note. When rates are up in future years, say at 6-7%, you will have a 5% assumable rate to enhance your property when it goes on the market. Assumability is going to be a selling tool in the future for people who have these low rates.
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