How To Get Rid of PMI?

Mar 27, 2023



Triangle Appraisal Group (TAG) has regional and local experience and knowledge of the real estate market. We will provide you with professional appraisal assistance that is unbiased and accepted by the IRS, court systems, and financial institutions. We specialize in appraisals to assist with the removal of private mortgage insurance (PMI). For some homeowners, it is not possible to buy a home without obtaining it. Unfortunately, this adds additional cost to your monthly mortgage payment. In the event of a default, the lender benefits.  When your home equity grows, there are numerous options for removing PMI.

What Specifically is PMI?

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In the United States, lenders’ mortgage insurance, also known as PMI, is insurance paid to a lender or trustee for a pool of securities that may be required when obtaining a mortgage loan. Intended to safeguard the lender in the event of a loan default by the homeowner is PMI. While it does not prevent foreclosure, it does allow potential homebuyers to become homeowners even if they cannot afford a 20% down payment. If your lender deems that you will need to pay PMI, it will work with a private insurance provider to develop a plan that will be presented to you before you close on your mortgage.

How Does PMI Operate?

If you are a homebuyer and obtained a conventional loan and contribute less than 20% of the purchase price you are typically obligated to pay PMI. It is advised that you inquire with your lender to determine whether the loan you are considering requires PMI. If you’ve purchased your house, you can usually request to cease paying PMI once you’ve attained 20% equity. When you attain 22% equity, your PMI is usually automatically terminated. PMI is only required for traditional loans. Other loan types frequently contain their own sort of mortgage insurance. The annual cost of PMI varies depending on your credit score and down payment, but it typically ranges from 0.3% to 1.5% of the original loan amount. That’s in addition to the interest you pay on your mortgage.

Four PMI Removal Options

Wait for an Automatic Cancellation

Your servicer automatically ceases PMI payments when your principal debt reaches 78% of the initial value of your home. To have your PMI canceled on that day, you must be current on your payments on the projected termination date. Consequently, PMI will not be canceled until your payments are brought up to date.

 Ask For PMI Cancellation

When you reach the date when the principal balance of your mortgage is anticipated to decrease to 80% of the initial value of your home, you have the right to request that your servicer cancel PMI. When you secure your mortgage, the specific date should be given to you in writing on the PMI disclosure form. If you do not have this disclosure form, contact your loan servicer immediately to obtain a copy. If you have made additional payments that reduce the principal balance of your mortgage to 80% of the initial value of your house, you can request that PMI be canceled sooner. There are significant requirements that must be met if you would like to terminate your loan’s PMI such as:

  • The request must be submitted in writing.
  • You must have a strong payment history and keep your payments current.
  • Your lender may want you to prove that your home has no junior liens (such as a second mortgage).
  • Your lender may also need you to show evidence (such as an appraisal) that the value of your property has not fallen below the original purchase price. If the value of your house has fallen below the initial purchase price, you may be unable to cancel PMI at this time.

Have a New Appraisal

As the value of your property increases, the principal balance remains constant, but your equity grows. Regardless of whether you’ve been making extra mortgage payments and haven’t noticed growing prices in your neighborhood, you could have more than 20% equity if you’ve detected rising prices in your location or done home improvement projects. If you believe this is the case, contact your loan servicer. Lenders may be ready to remove your PMI if you have 20% equity based on the current worth of your house. You may, however, be required to pay for a house appraisal first.

Refinance to discard PMI

You may consider refinancing your mortgage. The amount of PMI required on the new loan will be determined by the current valuation of your home and the principal balance of the new mortgage. If your equity has improved to at least 20% and you do not employ a cash-out refinance, you can probably get rid of PMI.

What Type of Mortgage Insurance is Required for Conventional Loans?

There are two different types of PMI for conventional loans: borrower-paid mortgage insurance and lender-paid mortgage insurance.

Borrower-Paid Mortgage Insurance

The most common type of insurance is Borrowed-paid mortgage insurance. This type of insurance comes in the form of an additional monthly fee that must be paid with your mortgage payments. You must pay borrower-paid mortgage insurance every month until you have 20% equity in your home. This is based on the original purchase price of your home. Normally the lender would automatically cancel the borrower-paid mortgage insurance if you have reached 20% equity. However, you must be up to date with your payments. It is also important that you did not miss any of your payments or have additional liens.

 Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance

Lender-paid mortgage insurance means that your lender pays your mortgage insurance upfront, but your mortgage rate is higher to compensate. You’ll save money on monthly payments and have a cheaper down payment because lender-paid mortgage insurance does not demand a 20% down payment. For lender-paid mortgage insurance, the interest rate increase is typically 0.25-0.5% higher, however, the amount by which your interest rate rises is determined by several criteria, including your credit score and down payment amount.


PMI, like other types of mortgage insurance, might help you qualify for a loan that you might not be able to receive otherwise. However, it may raise the cost of your loan. It also does not protect you if you have problems with your mortgage—it simply protects the lender.   Removing PMI on a mortgage requires effort, however, you are rewarded with lower monthly payments. Fortunately, most professional reviews are brief and straightforward.  Contact TAG today if you believe your house is suitable for an appraisal to remove PMI.