How to Know if Private Mortgage Insurance Is Still on a Mortgage

by Anna Assad
Review your loan statement line by line for PMI and balance information.

Private mortgage insurance is an extra cost you just might have on your monthly mortgage bill. You're stuck paying for PMI initially if your lender required the insurance as a condition of the loan. The insurance protects the lender against loss if you default and is usually required if your down payment is below 20 percent of the home's purchase price. The good news is you don't have to pay PMI for the entire life of the loan. Once you pay down your mortgage to a certain amount, you can have the PMI canceled.

Check the current mortgage statement. Look at the payment breakdown section to see if PMI is an itemized part of your total bill. Contact your lender to confirm PMI is still on the loan if you're unsure after reading the statement.

Find your current loan balance and original appraisal figure. Your loan-to-home value must fall under 81 percent before you can request PMI cancellation. Contact your lender or locate a current statement for your loan balance. Check your paperwork from when you bought the home for the appraisal figure.

Calculate your current loan-to-home value to see if you may request PMI cancellation. Divide the loan balance by the appraised value to get your LTV. For example, if your current mortgage balance is $80,000 and the house was appraised at $100,000, your LTV is 0.80, or 80 percent.

Contact your lender to ask for PMI cancellation instructions if your loan qualifies. Lenders have their own procedures for PMI cancellation requests. Follow the lender's instructions to ask for the removal of PMI from your loan.

About the Author

Anna Assad began writing professionally in 1999 and has published several legal articles for various websites. She has an extensive real estate and criminal legal background. She also tutored in English for nearly eight years, attended Buffalo State College for paralegal studies and accounting, and minored in English literature, receiving a Bachelor of Arts.

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