Mortgage Time? So, What Exactly is PMI?Posted by Lisa Halter on
When you're shopping around for a mortgage, youâll come across the acronym PMI. Mortgage insurance or private mortgage insuranceâPMI for short, is put in place to protect the mortgage company if you should default on their loan.
Hereâs the scoop:
A common rule if thumb for buying a home is to have 20% or more for a down payment. The more you can put down, the less your monthly mortgage payment. So what happens if you donât have 20% or more set aside? Youâll most likely be forced to add PMI to your monthly payments until the total equity of the home reaches 20%. Private mortgage insurance is typically between 0.5% to 1% of the entire loan amount on an annual basis. In most cases, PMI can help you qualify for a loan that you might not…
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