How is PMI paid?
PMI fees can be paid in several ways, depending on the PMI company used. Borrowers
can choose to pay the first-year premium at closing; then an annual renewal
premium is collected monthly as part of the house payment. Or the borrower can
choose to pay no premium at closing, but add on a slightly higher premium monthly
to the principal, interest, tax, and insurance payment. Buyers who want to sidestep
paying PMI at closing but not increase their monthly house payment can finance a lump-sum PMI premium
into their loan. With this type of payment plan, should the PMI be canceled
before the loan term expires (through refinancing, paying off the loan, or removal
by the loan servicer), the buyers may obtain the rebate of the premium.