How private mortgage insurance can make your dream of home sweet home a reality
In the 2017 housing market, those who choose to pursue the dream of owning a home face several important decisions, such as how much to put toward a down payment. Twenty percent down is typically recommended by most lenders.
While 20% is not a requirement, paying less can have a big impact on the amount you pay monthly. It is important for home buyers to know that when seeking a conventional loan with less than 20 percent down of the sales price or appraised value of the home, lenders will often require Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
This article takes a deeper look at PMI by answering the most common questions on the topic.
What is PMI?
PMI is a type of mortgage insurance. Like most other types of mortgage insurance, it protects the lender in the event the borrower is unable to repay the remainder of the loan. In many cases, PMI is required on conventional loans when the buyer has a down payment of less than 20 percent.
Some lenders may offer conventional loans that require a smaller down payment without PMI , but the tradeoff can typically be a higher interest rate.
How does PMI affect your loan?
PMI can affect your loan in several different ways depending on the loan type and the lender. In some cases, the PMI will be required in a lump sum at the time of closing. This PMI payment type is called an upfront premium.
Finally, the lender may also opt for a plan that requires both upfront and monthly PMI payments. In this case a portion of the PMI is paid at the time of closing and then the remaining PMI is paid as part of the monthly mortgage payment.
While PMI is an additional fee, it helps those with less than a 20% down payment realize their dreams of home ownership.
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