How Can Appraised Value Get Rid Of PMI

by Homeowner Wishing For No More PMI

Regarding How can appraised value get rid of PMI: Kate, I purchased a home in 2008 for $210,114. There was an appraisal done on it near closing for $213,000. However we felt this appraisal was not accurate.


Background - we had a home built for us and one of the incentives was a free added room, we did this and they "quoted" the value of the extra room around $20,000.

We ended up getting another appraisal in March 2009 for a refinance and it appraised for $233,000, which seemed more accurate in regards to the extra room.

Now I'm trying to get rid of PMI as soon as possible. I keep finding mixed reports on whether you have to use original purchase price, original appraisal, any appraisal, or the lower of 2 of them to determine when you've reached 20% equity.

I would hope we could use the $233,000 and can get rid of PMI when the balance reaches $186,400. Or would we have to go by the $210,000 or $213,000 or the lowest amount?? How can appraised value get rid of PMI? Thanks!

How Can Appraised Value Get Rid Of PMI

Dear Homeowner Wishing For No More PMI, I think PMI is complicated too! In fact, one day I thought to myself, "I am going to get a handle on this." But when I started to study PMI laws, it got even more confusing.

So I took a deep breath, dove straight in, asking myself these three questions:

  1. How Do I Cancel PMI?

  2. When Will Lenders Automatically Terminate PMI?

  3. When Will Final PMI Termination Occur?

Find the answers at Three Methods of PMI Cancellation where I dedicated a page just to this subject.

I have provided even more tips to solving the PMI riddle at the bottom of this letter. After reading through them, I hope you will write back if you think of more questions.

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Best Wishes,


PS What can you do when your mortgage approval hiccups? I don't have to convince you that mortgage approval can be tricky.



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