If you purchased your home with less than 20% down, you may be paying PMI. PMI is usually required by lenders because with less than 20% down you are considered a risky buyer more likely to default. In Denver, prices have gone up significantly the last two years. In May 2016 the average sales price was $451,429 and in May of this 2018 that jumped $89,195 to $540,624. A 20% down payment would have been $90,285 in 2016 and $108,124 in 2018. That is a lot of money!!
Many millennials were smart, they jumped into the market with 5-10% down conventional loans.
Once your loan to home value reaches 80%, you can contact your mortgage company to cancel your PMI. They will not identify this, so you will have it initiate the change. Each mortgage company is different, but there should be a place on their website to request to cancel your PMI. Once you initiate the process, they will require an appraisal ($700) or a broker price opinion ($100) to verify your home’s value before they drop the PMI.
Unsure of your homes value? Please contact me for a free broker’s price opinion before you pay for an appraisal to make sure you are eligible to drop your PMI.