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Avoiding PMI - Mortgage Insurance
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Author, Jay Westrick is Manager of the Residential Appraisal
Department at OConnor & Associates. He is a Texas State Certified real estate
appraiser. (Lic. #Tx 1327601-R). You may contact the OConnor & Associates
Residential Appraisal Department at (713) 686-9955.
Can and how do I remove PMI (Premium Mortgage Insurance)?
PMI can be removed when your current outstanding loan to value
ratio is lower than 80%. Every bank has minor variations on how to remove PMI but most
require contact by you to initiate the procedure. Loan to value ratio is not static. It
changes as you own your home. There are two ways that the loan to value ratio changes over
the lifetime of your loan. The first way the loan to value ratio changes is when the
outstanding balance on your loan diminishes as you pay the loan. It usually takes about 5
years of home ownership to diminish the outstanding balance by 10%. The second way the
ratio changes is when your property increases or decreases in value. The loan to value
ratio is obtained by dividing the current outstanding balance of the loan by the current
value of the property.
What does this mean to me?
If you have purchased a home one or more years ago, you might
qualify to lower your payments by eliminating PMI. The Greater Houston residential market
has seen prices of homes rise in the past year. The Houston Chronicle states that the
median home price for Houston has risen 10% in the past year alone. If you have refinanced
or have a mortgage payment, check your PMI. You may be paying for what you dont
How do I proceed?
Check you mortgage statement. If you are paying PMI it will be
stated there. If you are paying PMI, roughly calculate the loan to value ratio. On your
monthly mortgage statement your current outstanding balance will be stated. Divide your
current outstanding balance by the estimated current value of your home. To obtain a free,
rough estimate of your value call the OConnor & Associates Residential Appraisal
Once you have established that your loan to value ratio is
below 80%, then call your mortgage company and ask them how to proceed with having your
PMI removed from your mortgage. Follow their instructions. Usually they will require a
full appraisal of your home.
Your independent appraiser is looking out for your best
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