Do I Really Need Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

Posted on: October 1st, 2016 | By Cliff Keith | Buyers Tips, Saturday Buyers Tips - Real Estate Know-How For Home Buyers | No Comments

Do I Really Need Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? 

Not necessarily does every home buyer need to purchase PMI.  It will depend on whether your own lender requires it or not. This is decided by the Loan to Value ratio aka down payment. Lenders love to tack on PMI as it increases their bottom line and it coast you more money. Likewise, it is very difficult to remove from your loan.

Do I Really Need Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?
PMI costs you money

What is PMI?

Private mortgage insurance is strictly for the benefit of your lender.  It protects the lender in case you default on your mortgage. This is the main reason why the loan to value ratio is so important. The lower the down payment the higher the risk for the lender  The lender makes the borrower pay for it monthly and is virtually impossible to remove. The borrowers usually has to refinance their loan in order to remove PMI. Almost any lender demands PMI when the borrowers’ down payment is less than 20%.

The sad part, from a consumer’s standpoint, is PMI is not tax-deductible. It’s a financial lose-lose for the borrows and a win-win for the lender.

What should I do?

If at all possible it’s better to put 20% down when buying a home and seeking conventional financing. Not all lenders require PMI so it would be prudent to shop around and find a lender who doesn’t require it.

Another avenue would to be…whatever the difference from what money you may have as a down payment and 20% is to find a source to cover the difference in a form of a Note and Deed of Trust. There are a number of people who would love to do that especially if they know you.

What to do next?

Here’s an easy 3-step process that will help you understand PMI.

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