Everything You Need To Know About Private Mortgage Insurance

If you are looking to buy a home but are putting in less than a 20% down payment, you’ll likely be paying PMI or Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI is an insurance policy for the lender in case you stop making your monthly payments.

Depending on your LTV (loan to value) ratio and other factors, your PMI cost may vary. On average, PMI for a conventional home loan ranges from 0.58% to 1.86% of the original loan amount per year.

PMI is essentially an additional payment as part of your mortgage that acts as insurance for the lender of a mortgage if the borrower stops paying back their loan. You’ll only have PMI to pay if you put a down payment of less than 20% on your home.

What Is PMI?

You can request to have the PMI portion of your mortgage payment canceled once you’ve reached the 20% equity in your home, but the lender is not required to do so, making it that much more important to get to the 20% initially.

Typically, PMI is automatically canceled once you reach 22% equity in your home, though.

PMI may be required when you’re purchasing a house or refinancing your mortgage.

If you do need to pay PMI, your lender, not you, will choose the provider of the PMI. In most cases, you won’t know the provider as you make the payment directly to your lender, and they will pass the PMI portion along to the PMI provider.

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