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Published April 07, 2021

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What are the requirements for prepaid mortgage insurance?

Prepaid Mortgage Insurance Transactions

Fannie Mae’s refinance guidelines permit borrowers to finance the payment of closing costs, prepaid items, and points in the loan amount. When the borrower includes any portion of the borrower-paid mortgage insurance premium or monthly escrows into the loan amount (with other closing costs or prepaid items), it is considered a “prepaid mortgage insurance transaction” and not a financed mortgage insurance transaction. For a loan to be eligible for delivery to Fannie Mae with prepaid mortgage insurance, the loan must meet all the standard requirements of this Selling Guide, and the following requirements applicable to this type of loan:

  • The mortgage insurance coverage amount is determined based on the LTV ratio that is calculated after the inclusion of all the closing costs, prepaid items, and points. (The concept of “gross LTV ratio” and “base LTV ratio” are not applicable to prepaid mortgage insurance transactions because the financed mortgage insurance amount is not identified at loan delivery.)
  • The loan is not to be delivered as a financed mortgage insurance transaction – lenders should not deliver SFC 281 or the other financed mortgage insurance data elements.
  • The Financed MI Premium Endorsement to the mortgage insurance policy should not be obtained.

For additional information, see B7-1-04, Financed Borrower-Purchased Mortgage Insurance.

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