FHA borrowers are required to pay for MIP, and there are two types: upfront MIP, which is paid at closing, and annual MIP, which is paid each year in 12 monthly installments that are added to their mortgage payments.

In most cases, MIP must be paid for the life of an FHA loan, while PMI can eventually be cancelled.

## Can I pay off my PMI early?

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.

## Is PMI 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.

## How long is PMI paid?

Once you’ve committed to paying PMI, you’ll usually have to keep it for at least two years. If your home has appreciated enough to give you 25% equity after two to five years, you can cancel the coverage. After five years, you just need 20% equity to ditch it.

## How do I pay PMI upfront?

If you have an FHA loan, you pay a portion of the premium up front at the close of the loan and then continue to pay mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) on a monthly basis. The upfront premium is always 1.75% of the loan amount. If you can’t afford to pay this at closing, it can be financed into your loan amount.