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A Comprehensive Guide to Removing PMI Insurance

Are you paying PMI on your mortgage? Rising home values may help you reach the 80% LTV ratio to drop PMI sooner.

In this guide, I'll show you a simple process to remove PMI from your monthly payments, potentially saving you a lot of money.

Understanding Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI):

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is a typical requirement for conventional loans when the down payment is less than 20%.

It serves to protect the lender in case the borrower defaults on the loan.

PMI typically adds 0.5% to 1% of the total loan amount to your annual mortgage payments.

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Many homeowners are unaware that PMI payments are mandatory until they attain more than 20% equity in their homes. However, recent market trends have propelled home equity levels, offering homeowners an expedited route to PMI removal.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Removing PMI

Step 1: Assess Your Current Equity Position Based On Payment History

  • Calculate your Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio by dividing your outstanding loan balance by the current appraised value of your home.
  • Lenders usually require an LTV ratio of 80% or less to cancel PMI.

Step 2: Determine the Actual Value of Your Home

If your payment history hasn't nudged you below the 80% LTV ratio threshold, don't fret. Chances are, your home's value has surged, potentially enabling you to eliminate PMI.

To obtain an approximate home valuation, consult with an experienced local realtor who can assess your home based on recent sales and comparable properties in your area.

Step 3: Contact Your Lender

Reach out to your lender to understand the process for PMI removal.

Request a copy of your lender's PMI removal guidelines and requirements.

Step 4: Schedule a Home Appraisal

Engage a licensed appraiser to conduct a current appraisal of your home.

Ensure the appraiser is well-versed in your local market and can provide an accurate valuation.

Inquire with your lender about preferred appraisers or specific appraisal requirements.

Step 5: Submit Your Request for PMI Removal

Compile all necessary documentation, including the appraisal report and any requested paperwork.

Submit your PMI removal request to your lender, adhering to their guidelines and instructions.

Be prepared to furnish documentation such as recent appraisals or evidence of home improvements if required.


Removing PMI marks a significant financial milestone for homeowners, freeing up additional funds each month and allowing them to fully leverage the equity they've accrued in their homes.

By diligently following these steps and proactively managing your mortgage, you can take charge of your finances and unlock the full potential of your home's value.

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