sometimes it is possible
earlier this week I received our annual analysis of the escrow account that takes care of the property taxes and insurance on our mortgage
their analysis showed that there would be a shortfall, and they wanted me to send along a check to "make up" the shortfall -- or they could just increase the monthly payment
either option is a royal pain, but the increase would be easier to deal with than coming up with a lump sum that was not planned for
and then on Friday I got the paperwork from the insurance company showing that the rates were going up - AGAIN - despite the fact that we didn't even get to put in that claim on the fence
it just hit me wrong -- what the heck?!
so yesterday I called them
why did the rate go up? because there was an increase in claims in the entire state, so they feel justified in raising my rates --
but after some whining on my part the representative on the phone told be that the company has recently started using a new method to determine what rates to charge and that using that evaluation -- basically writing a new policy with exactly the same riders, conditions, etc. -- might lower my premiums
I figured "why not" and told him I'd like to find out if that would help
(oh and while he was putting data in his computer I could hear one of his co-workers tell someone "we don't just automatically reduce a rate -- we wait until the customer asks" -- suspicious confirmed!!)
the bottom line?
the re-write is going to save me $514!
this week I'll be calling the mortgage company and asking them to re-review the escrow with the new rate in there --- I don't think I'll need to worry about the payment going up
I'm feeling good!