Homeowners Protection Act of 1998

by Erlvin from Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Regarding the Homeowner's Protection Act of 1998: Hi Kate! I have been making additional mortgage payments to reduce my principal balance. Scheduled 78% LTV (loan to value) date is 07/01/09 even though my mortgage balance is showing a lower LTV currently at 76%.



Anyway, I asked my lender about the automatic termination of PMI upon reaching 78% loan to value and they said that because I made additional payments to reduce my balance ahead of time I am not qualified to automatic termination of PMI.

Is that right? Please advise, Thank You.

Kate Answers: Homeowners Protection Act of 1998

Dear Erlvin, Seems suspicious, doesn't it? Then again there could be a valid reason for your lender's response. I understand how complicated unraveling this tangled mess can be. Sigh...

Let's break it down. Here are variables regarding your mortgage.
  • Is your mortgage a conventional loan versus FHA or VA?

  • Was your mortgage originated after July 29th, 1999?

  • Does your mortgage have an acceptable payment history?

  • Is your mortgage classified as high risk?

  • Is your PMI borrower paid or lender paid?

Putting those thoughts aside, perhaps the person in loan servicing you spoke with was confused between Automatic Termination and Final Termination as spelled out in the Homeowner's Protection Act of 1998.

Do a search for the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 as published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to read more about private mortgage insurance termination and HPA.

If after reading through the termination facts you still believe you are entitled to PMI cancellation, don't give up! The Homeowner's Protection Act of 1998 was designed to protect homeowners from paying unnecessary private mortgage insurance.

I'd also recommend going back to your paperwork pertaining to current mortgage. You should have received a disclosure regarding your rights to cancel private mortgage insurance and exemptions to termination. Read through this too.

Attention Homeowners Make sure you receive this disclosure when taking a mortgage with PMI and file it in a safe place. You should also receive an annual private mortgage insurance statement.

Back to you, Erlvin. Would you please write back and let me know what transpires?

I have provided links to more private mortgage insurance information below for your convenience. After reading through them, please let me know if you have additional questions.

Take a moment to bookmark Homeowner's Protection Act of 1998 to your favorites and visit often for more PMI cancellation tips. You can also invite friends to comment on this page or ask another question of their own like you did.

Visit Private Mortgage Insurance FAQS for solutions based on inquiries from other Contributors just like you.

Best Wishes,

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PMI & Extra Principal payments
by: Anonymous

I too have made extra principal payments. I made a large principal payment of $150,000.00 bringing my LTV to 36%. My mortgage company will not remove my PMI without a BPO and fee for the BPO of %150.00.

I have refused to pay this fee as I feel my PMI should be automatically canceled due to the low LTV. All of my payments are and have been paid on or before the due date. My loan is not in the high risk category, and it is a conventional mortgage.

A note from Kate PMI removal guidelines are discussed at How Do I Cancel PMI. I hope they will be of assistance.


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