You may be able to get rid of PMI earlier by asking the mortgage servicer, in writing, to drop PMI once your mortgage balance reaches 80% of the home's value at the time you bought it.
Eliminating your PMI will reduce your monthly payments, giving you an immediate return on your investment. Homeowners can then apply the extra savings back towards the principal of the mortgage loan, ultimately paying off their mortgage even faster.
You can get “automatic” or “final” PMI termination at specific home equity milestones. You can request to remove PMI when you reach 20 percent home equity.
Whether you'll need PMI on the new loan will depend on your home's current value and the principal balance of the new mortgage. You can likely get rid of PMI if your equity has increased to at least 20% and you don't use a cash-out refinance.
But your lender won't simply remove PMI when you hit the 20% equity mark. You have to ask, and the lender can say no -- for a while. A lender has to drop PMI when you reach 22% equity based on the original purchase price of the home (in other words, when you owe 78% of your home value).
You have the right to request that your servicer cancel PMI when you have reached the date when the principal balance of your mortgage is scheduled to fall to 80 percent of the original value of your home. This date should have been given to you in writing on a PMI disclosure form when you received your mortgage.
Most banks will automatically remove PMI when the loan balance has reached 78-80% of the value of the original purchase price. In other words, if someone buys a house for $100,000 and puts $10,000 down (giving you a $90,000 mortgage), once the mortgage is paid down to $80,000 the bank will automatically remove PMI.
Getting rid of PMI is fairly straightforward: Once you accrue 20 percent equity in your home, either by making payments to reach that level or by increasing your home's value, you can request to have PMI removed.
If you negotiate for the seller to pay a percentage of your closing costs, you can apply the credit toward your PMI expense, which means the seller is effectively buying out your PMI.
Alternatively, PMI can be canceled at your request once the equity in your home reaches 20% of the purchase price or appraised value. “Or, PMI will be terminated once you reach the midpoint of your amortization. So, for a 30-year loan, at the midway point of 15 years PMI should automatically cancel,” Baker says.
The short answer: yes, private mortgage insurance (PMI) can be removed when you refinance. In most cases, PMI is cancelled automatically once the homeowner has reached 22% equity in the home – which is the same thing as “78% loan-to-value ratio (LTV).” You'll see both terms used, so don't be confused.
The good change is that FHA lowered its mortgage insurance premiums in January 2015. On the negative side, they've made PMI essentially permanent over the life of most mortgages that they insure.
When it comes to calculating mortgage insurance or PMI, lenders use the “Purchase price or appraised value, whichever is less” guideline. Thus, using a purchase price of $200,000 and $210,000 appraised value, the PMI rate will be based on the lower purchase price.
The only way to cancel PMI is to refinance your mortgage. If you refinance your current loan's interest rate or refinance into a different loan type, you may be able to cancel your mortgage insurance.
Dear (Servicer Name): I am requesting to cancel my private mortgage insurance. The coverage is with (Mortgage Insurance Company Name) and my mortgage loan number is (loan number). I have included documentation to support why I think the equity in my home has reached or exceeded 20%.
Save For A Larger Down Payment
The easiest way to lower your MIP expenses with an FHA loan is to save more for a down payment. If you're able to bring at least 10% to the closing table, you'll qualify for a lower annual MIP payment. You'll also lower the amount that you borrow, which results in a lower upfront premium.
To remove PMI, or private mortgage insurance, you must have at least 20% equity in the home. You may ask the lender to cancel PMI when you have paid down the mortgage balance to 80% of the home's original appraised value. When the balance drops to 78%, the mortgage servicer is required to eliminate PMI.
The traditional way to avoid paying PMI on a mortgage is to take out a piggyback loan. In that event, if you can only put up 5 percent down for your mortgage, you take out a second "piggyback" mortgage for 15 percent of the loan balance, and combine them for your 20 percent down payment.
Private mortgage insurance does nothing for you
Unlike the principal of your loan, your PMI payment doesn't go into building equity in your home.
Buying out your PMI can be as expensive as 3.29% of the loan amount with 5% down, and a 680 credit score, or 1.92% with a credit score of 760 on the same scenario. This is your FICO range perspective. With FHA mortgage insurance, you pay the same rate of . 85%, no matter what the loan to value.
PMI typically costs 0.5 – 1% of your loan amount per year. Let's take a second and put those numbers in perspective. If you buy a $300,000 home, you would be paying anywhere between $1,500 – $3,000 per year in mortgage insurance.
While the amount you pay for PMI can vary, you can expect to pay approximately between $30 and $70 per month for every $100,000 borrowed.
A PMI tax deduction is only possible if you itemize your federal tax deductions. For anyone taking the standard tax deduction, PMI doesn't really matter, Han says. Roughly 86% of households are estimated to take the standard deduction, according to the Tax Foundation.