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2nd Mortgage and PMI

How do I compare PMI (Mortgage Insurance) to getting a 2nd Loan?

I just bought a home as a first time home buyer on 10/16/2006. My loan officer got me the loan with 1st and 2nd Mortgage (2 separate loans). Why did he do that? what scenerio will make that necessary? Can I get a home equity loan or HELOC based on my situation? I need cash now, is refinancing the only option available since I have a second mortgage? Please provide some helpful advise for my situation. Thanks.

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The most common scenario is that according to the analysis used by your primary mortgagee company, you borrowed more than 80% of the value of your home. This LTV (loan to value) calculation drives an important variable: the need for PMI (mortgage insurance) which is required if your loan is over 80% loan to value.

I presume that you had very little to apply to the purchase price (or less than 20% of the value of the home), which is what made the 2nd necessary. Very interestingly, congress just recently made PMI tax deductible. If you want to read more about this, Bill was recently interviewed on the subject:

Basically, now it is possible, but not guaranteed that you can benefit from having a single larger loan combined with PMI, as opposed to the traditional piggy-back loan (which is what you got).

You can always apply for a new loan, or a home equity loan, but it will be at a very high LTV, which means you will need perfect credit and a good income stream.

You can apply with Bills' approved lenders by following this link: has many providers who can help you on this, if you want to apply just follow this link:

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