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Steps to remove Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

February 21st, 2016 5:14 PM by Sam Kader

Buyers who put down less than 20 percent down payment are required to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). We have a special program to avoid paying monthly PMI. Please consult with us. The Homeowners Protection Act of 1999 requires lender to inform borrower when they can cancel coverage. On August 4th 2015 - the CFPB bulletin further clarifies some requirements of the Homeowners Protection Act and is intended to help servicers comply with the law but does not create any new rules or requirements.
1) PMI can also be cancelled once the loan to value is 80 percent or less base on the original purchase price or appraised value - whichever is less.
Automatic cancellation can also happen once 22 percent equity is reached (for mortgages with terms of 30 years or more).

2) PMI may cancelled during the first 5 years under the following conditions - mortgages with terms of 15 years or less and the LTV reaches 78% or less. In order to determine whether the threshold has been reached according to the Federal Reserve Board:

a) Multiply the present value of your mortgage by 1.25.
b) Ascertain the purchase price or appraised value of your property.
c) If the value in step a is larger than b, PMI will continue. If the value in step a is smaller than b, you may request PMI cancellation. 

3) Get a new appraisal instead of the original purchase price or appraised value when deciding whether you have 20% equity threshold.

4) Remodel to increase value such as adding a room, kitchen or bathroom  upgrades. Then ask the lender to recalculate your Loan-To-Value (LTV) ratio using the new value figure.

In January 2015 - FHA announced that FHA mortgage insurance is now required for life of the loan. The only way out is to wait until you have 20% equity and to refinance into Conventional Financing.  

Here's what you should do to request PMI cancellation:

  1. You must request for cancellation in writing.  You should receive an annual letter from mortgage servicers who to call for information about cancelling mortgage insurance.
  2. You have to be current on your payments and have a good payment history.
  3. You must not have any subordinate liens of your property.
  4. You might have to get an appraisal to demonstrate that you have at least 20% equity. Estimate how much your house is worth using Zillow or contact me for a copy of your Comparative Market Analysis.

If you have a problem with a lender over PMI cancellation, contact the Federal Trade Commission and Washington state's attorney general.

 

Posted by Sam Kader on February 21st, 2016 5:14 PM

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