To sum up, when it comes to PMI, if you have less than 20% of the sales price or value of a home to use as a down payment, you have two basic options: Use a “stand-alone” first mortgage and pay PMI until the LTV of the mortgage reaches 78%, at which point the PMI can be eliminated.
Use a second mortgage.
How can I avoid PMI with 5% down?
One way to avoid paying PMI is to make a down payment that is equal to at least one-fifth of the purchase price of the home; in mortgage-speak, the mortgage’s loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is 80%. If your new home costs $180,000, for example, you would need to put down at least $36,000 to avoid paying PMI.
Is it better to have no PMI or lower interest rate?
Virtually all lenders in the US require PMI on mortgages with down payments less than 20 percent, but some will accept a higher interest rate in lieu of PMI. The sales pitch for the higher rate as a replacement for PMI is that interest is tax deductible whereas PMI premiums are not.
Can you negotiate PMI?
The lender rolls the cost of the PMI into your loan, increasing your monthly mortgage payment. You cannot negotiate the rate of your PMI, but there are other ways to lower or eliminate PMI from your monthly payment.
Can you avoid PMI with a high credit score?
You can get a Lender Paid Mortgage Insurance loan with as little as 3% down. However, the rate will be fairly high on that loan, especially if you don’t have an awesome credit score. In order to pay your PMI, the lender requires you to accept a higher mortgage rate in return for no mortgage insurance.