How to get rid of mortgage insurance without refinancing

Getting rid of mortgage insurance is a great way to save money on your home expenses. The mortgage insurance premium does protect you in the event of an unfortunate foreclosure and is required on the vast majority of conventional loans with less than 20% down.

Mortgage insurance, sometimes referred to as MI or PMI will automatically cancel when you pay down your loan balance to 78% of the original purchase price or appraised value.

Getting rid of mortgage insurance can happen a lot sooner in an appreciating market or if you have made substantial improvements to your home that would increase its value.  When interest rates drop many mortgage lenders immediately ramp up the messaging to past clients to refinance with one of the big reasons being the ability to getting rid of your mortgage insurance.

For FHA mortgages originated after June 3, 2013, the mortgage insurance premium will never go away on most 30 year fixed mortgages. Refinancing to remove mortgage insurance with an existing FHA loan to a conventional loan is definitely a great financial move for most people.

Refinancing a conventional mortgage to get a mortgage insurance really needs to be analyzed to make sure it makes sense. If you currently have a low interest rate mortgage and the only reason you want to refinance is to get the mortgage insurance, there may be a better option.

The first step is to know your exact mortgage balance and what that balance needs to be to eliminate your mortgage insurance. If you have your loan documents from when you originated this loan, there should be an amortization schedule included in the closing package. This should tell you what the target balance should be. If you don’t have the paperwork, just make a phone call to your existing mortgage servicer and asked them what the balance would have to be to eliminate your mortgage insurance.

The next step is to determine the approximate current value of your home. You can call your trusted loan officer or realtor and they should be up to give you an approximate value. You can also visit sites Zillow, Redfin, or to get an estimate of your home’s value. If the loan balance you currently have is less than 80% of your home’s current value, you should be able to request from your mortgage servicer a deletion of your mortgage insurance premium.

Call your current service provider and asked them their exact procedures and follow it to the letter. You’ll most likely be required to make the request in writing and you will most likely need to pay for an appraisal. This is the most inexpensive way to remove your mortgage insurance premium.

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If you would like to talk about mortgage insurance premiums or would like to look at refinance options that might include home improvement loan, debt consolidation or simply reducing your interest rate, please feel free to give me a call at 214-945-1066 for your free no obligation mortgage check up.

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