What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

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GTG Financial, Inc
Published on May 15, 2018

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

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When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

What is PMI?

Private Mortgage Insurace, or PMI, is an insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage. It's a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that is required for all conforming, conventional loans that have down payments less than 20%.

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As the borrower, you pay the monthly premiums for the insurance policy, and the lender is the beneficiary

Once you've built equity of 20% in your home, you may cancel your PMI and remove that expense from your mortgage payment

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What is the cost of PMI?

The cost of PMI varies based on your loan-to-value ratio - the amount you owe on your mortgage compared to its value - and credit score, but you can expect to pay between $30 and $70 per month for every $100,000 borrowed.

According to the National Association of Realtors, the average down payment for all buyers last year was 10%. For first-time buyers, that number dropped to 5%, while repeat buyers put down 14% (no doubt aided by the sale of their homes). This just goes to show that for a large number of buyers last year, PMI did not stop them from buying their dream homes.

Here's an example of the cost of a mortgage on a $200,000 home with a 5% down payment & PMI, compared to a 20% down payment without PMI

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The larger the down payment you can make, the lower your monthly housing cost will be, but it is important to remember that while PMI is an extra monthly cost, it enables you to buy now and begin building equity versus waiting 5 to 10 years to build enough savings for a 20% down payment.

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