Monday, November 10, 2008

Do You Want To Eliminate Your PMI ?

Let us quickly understand first what is PMI? PMI or Private Mortgage Insurance is normally required when you buy a house with less than 20% down. Mortgage insurance is a type of guarantee that helps protect lenders against the costs of foreclosure. This insurance protection is provided by private mortgage-insurance companies. It enables lenders to accept lower down payments than they would normally accept. In effect, mortgage insurance provides what the equity of a higher down payment would provide to cover a lender's losses in the unfortunate event of foreclosure. Therefore, without mortgage insurance, you might not be able to buy a home without a 20% down payment.

The cost of PMI increases as your down payment decreases. Example: The cost of PMI on a 10% down payment is less than the cost of PMI on a 5% down payment. Your PMI premium is normally added to your monthly mortgage payment.

If you didn’t put down 20 percent in cash on your home, you’re probably paying private mortgage insurance. Now its upto you weather you want to cancel it or regain it. The decision on when to cancel the private insurance coverage does not depend solely on the degree of your equity in the home. The final say on terminating a private mortgage-insurance policy is reserved jointly for the lender and any investor who may have purchased an interest in the mortgage. However, in most cases, the lender will allow cancellation of mortgage insurance when the loan is paid down to 80% of the original property value. Some lenders may require that you pay PMI for one or two years before you may apply to remove it.

First start contacting your lenders. Ask if the lender has specific steps that must be followed when canceling PMI. Typically, you’ll need to jump through several hoops before they let you drop it. You’ll need to have your home appraised to make sure you’ve reached the magic 20 percent in equity. Expect to pay anywhere from $300 on up for that appraisal.

If you’ve built up the necessary equity, you’ll need to send your lender a letter formally requesting that they drop PMI, and reduce your monthly payment. A new law on the books requires lenders to automatically cancel your PMI once you’ve reached 22 percent equity based on your original home loan and sales price. Lenders typically make the process of dropping PMI more cumbersome than it needs to be. Just be tenacious, and keep a copy of all correspondence. Sooner or later, your persistence will pay off, and you’ll be able to start using your PMI savings to pre-pay your mortgage, or invest for your retirement.

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To cancel the PMI on your loan, contact your lender. In most cases, an appraisal will be required to determine the value of your property. You will probably also be required to pay for the cost of this appraisal. Another way of canceling the PMI on your loan is to refinance and to get a new loan without PMI.

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