If you bought a house with a down payment of less than 20%, your lender required you to buy mortgage insurance. The same goes if you refinanced with less than 20% equity.
Private mortgage insurance is expensive, and you can remove it after you have met some conditions.
How to get rid of PMI
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.
Although you can cancel private mortgage insurance, you cannot cancel recent FHA insurance.
What mortgage insurance is for
Mortgage insurance reimburses the lender if you default on your home loan. You, the borrower, pay the premiums. When sold by a company, it's known as private mortgage insurance, or PMI. The Federal Housing Administration, a government agency, sells mortgage insurance, too.
Canceling PMI sooner
Here are steps you can take to cancel mortgage insurance sooner or strengthen your negotiating position:
Know your rights
By law, your lender must tell you at closing how many years and months it will take you to pay down your loan sufficiently to cancel mortgage insurance.
Mortgage servicers must give borrowers an annual statement that shows whom to call for information about canceling mortgage insurance.
Getting down to 80% or 78%
To calculate whether your loan balance has fallen to 80% or 78% of original value, divide the current loan balance (the amount you still owe) by the original appraised value (most likely, that's the same as the purchase price).
Formula: Current loan balance / Original appraised value
Example: Dale owes $171,600 on a house that cost $220,000 several years ago.
$171,600 / $220,000 = 0.78.
That equals 78 percent, so it's time for Dale's mortgage insurance to be canceled.
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Source: Fox Business