What is Private Mortgage Insurance
PMI is extra insurance that lenders require from most home buyers who obtain loans that are more than 80 percent of their new home’s value. In other words, buyers with less than a 20 percent down payment are normally required to pay PMI.
Why do homeowners get saddled with private mortgage insurance anyway? This is insurance for the lender that is now necessary because so many people defaulted on their mortgage loans.
In reality, PMI saves everyone money because without the security offered by this insurance, lenders would be far less likely to lend so much money at such low interest rates. After all, no lender likes high risk borrowers and folks who don’t have twenty percent to put down seem risky.
Plus, PMI is not forever. Once you have your twenty percent in your home you can refinance and PMI will go away, but your low interest rate won’t!
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