November 29, 2010
am currently in default on my mortgage. I have been paying
premiums to a private mortgage insurer for 6 years, is there any way
these premium dollars can be applied to my mortgage payment?"
Mortgage insurance protects the lender, not the
borrower, and you have no legal claim on the premiums you have paid.
However, your insurer is on the hook for losses if your default ends in
foreclosure, which means that they have a financial interest in
preventing this from happening. All the insurers have programs under
which they will assist borrowers in distress who they believe can avoid
foreclosure with their help. If it costs them less to prevent a
foreclosure than it would if the foreclosure occurred, it is in their
interest to help. Contact your insurer ASAP.