(1) Borrower Cancellation
You can send a written request to your lender if your mortgage has reached 80% of your home's current value. This can happen in the following ways.
(a) Pay the mortgage down to 80% of the original purchase price and your home has not decreased in value.
(b) There is a sufficient increase in home value. You can cancel PMI if the increase is sufficient to reduce the mortgage to 80% or less of the current value of your home. An increase in value can be the result of home improvements or a natural rise of home prices in your area.
(2) Automatic Termination
Even if you do not request cancellation, your lender must terminate PMI when you pay down the mortgage to 78% of the original purchase price. Here, home value is based solely on the original purchase price. Thus, your lender must terminate PMI even if your home has decreased in value.
(3) Final PMI Termination
Your lender must terminate PMI when you have reached the midpoint in the repayment schedule of your loan. For example, on a typical 30 year loan, if a borrower has paid all mortgage payments through 15 years, the lender must terminate PMI.
Please note that if your loan is guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs, these rules generally won't apply. If you have questions about mortgage insurance on an FHA or VA loan, you should contact your servicer.
James G. Dibbini & Associates, P.C. has over 20 years of experience helping homeowners protect their interests and save money. If you need help cancelling PMI, or believe it should be terminated, give us a call at (914) 965-1011 or email us at email@example.com to learn more.
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