Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) and Refinancing

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) and Refinancing

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) and Refinancing

Jill on Money with Jill Schlesinger - June 14, 2018 - 43:55

Rising home prices has helped many homeowners get richer on paper...they have also prompted a big influx of questions about private mortgage insurance (PMI) and refinancing, so we figured it was time to bring on an expert. Nicole Hamilton, a tech executive-turned-mortgage and homeownership expert, founded Tactile Finance, the first digital tools that let people visualize their homeownership outcomes over time, putting consumers on a level playing field with the professionals who serve them. Nicole is also the author of the book Avoid the Money Pit, Turn Your Home into a Financial Powerhouse, and the founder of, a company that provides unbiased, independent information for homeowners to get the best financial outcome possible. We touched on a variety of topics and questions facing the average consumer as they try to navigate the murky waters of homeownership:What if I don’t have 20% for a downpayment?What is PMI?How do I know if I need PMI?Should PMI be a dealbreaker?Will PMI eventually go away?Will PMI go away on its own or is it my responsibility?Is refinancing always a good idea?Pros and cons of an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)Should I prepay my mortgage?All those topics and more! And based on what we’ve been seeing in the inbox, I think we did a pretty good job covering all your burning questions! So when you’re checking out those open houses this summer, or considering a refi before rates go even higher, playback this episode and you’ll be well armed with loads of information. “Better Off” is sponsored by Betterment. We love feedback so please leave us a rating or review in Apple Podcasts. "Better Off" theme music is by Joel Goodman, Connect with me at these places for all my content:

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