“What is a ‘piggy back’ mortgage?” A piggyback mortgage is one where you get a first mortgage, which is an 80-percent loan devalue on the property. The reason we use 80 percent is because you don’t have to pay mortgage insurance if you have an 80-percent loan devalue. Well, you say, “ I don’t have enough money. I want to borrow 90 percent or try to borrow 100 percent.” Depending on the length of the lending climate (Which is not too good right now; five or six years ago it was terrific.), you turn around and get a home-equity loan or a second mortgage for the additional ten to 20 percent of the loan, and that’s the piggy back portion. In this way, you avoid having to pay mortgage insurance on it.
It’s particularly helpful if you can do this if you’re in transition; what they used to call “bridge loans” (but you can’t find bridge loans anymore) where you’re going to acquire property and then later sell your other property and pay off your home-equity loan, or even pay down your first mortgage. So, the piggy back portion comes into play whenever you obtain a second mortgage at the same time as you get your first mortgage, and the purpose of it is to avoid having to pay mortgage insurance on a high loan devalue if you borrow more than 80 percent.
Back when the economy was red-hot we were doing any number of closings. We’d get an 80-percent loan and turn around and get a second mortgage or a piggy back loan for another 20 percent and provide 100 percent financing, or very close to 100 percent financing. So, if you have any questions about piggy back mortgages or a real-estate transaction, give me a call at 847-2288. Thank you.