Basically, PMI will get the bank some of its money back if you default on your loan.

PMI doesn’t cover the entire value of the mortgage, of course.

If you default and go into foreclosure, the sale of the home covers a portion of the bank’s losses.

But PMI can make up for the rest.

## Does PMI get refunded?

Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance

Unlike BPMI, you can’t cancel LPMI when your equity reaches 78% because it’s built into the loan. Refinancing will be the only way to lower your monthly payment. Your interest rate will not decrease once you have 20% or 22% equity. Lender-paid PMI is not refundable.

## What happens when PMI is removed?

The PMI is a separate line item, once it’s removed, your total monthly payment drops. So, the impact of not having that extra $20K or so is to pay what amount to an extra 5% on the last $20K of the loan. The PMI doesn’t scale over time. When you are $10K away from 80% LTV, you still pay the $1K/yr.

## Can PMI be removed if home value increases?

Once you build up at least 20 percent equity in your home, you can ask your lender to cancel this insurance. And your lender must automatically cancel PMI charges once your regular payments reduce the balance on your loan to 78 percent of your home’s original appraised value.

## How can I get rid of PMI without 20?

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.

## How is PMI refund calculated?

Your MIP refund amount.

Next, subtract your MIP refund amount from your new UFMIP amount. This amount is the total UFMIP you owe on your new refinance loan. For example, if your new refinance loan is $200,000, then your new UFMIP amount is $3,500 ($200,000 x 0.175). Now, let’s say your MIP refund amount is $1,800.

## Who gets PMI money?

Lenders require borrowers to pay PMI or private mortgage insurance when they cannot make a down payment on a new home equal to 20% of the property’s purchase price. PMI may cost between 0.5% and 1% of the entire loan amount annually and is usually included in the borrower’s monthly mortgage payment.