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.
How can I avoid PMI without 20% down?
The traditional way to avoid paying PMI on a mortgage is to take out a piggyback loan. In that event, if you can only put up 5 percent down for your mortgage, you take out a second “piggyback” mortgage for 15 percent of the loan balance, and combine them for your 20 percent down payment.
Can PMI be waived?
If you choose to pay PMI, it can be eliminated through an appraisal once the LTV reaches 78%. However, the only way to eliminate the second mortgage, which will likely carry a higher interest rate than the first, is by paying it off or refinancing your first and second loans into a new stand-alone mortgage.
How do you stop paying PMI?
To remove PMI, or private mortgage insurance, you must have at least 20% equity in the home. You may ask the lender to cancel PMI when you have paid down the mortgage balance to 80% of the home’s original appraised value. When the balance drops to 78%, the mortgage servicer is required to eliminate PMI.
Do you always have to pay PMI?
If you are looking to buy your first home or buying a home with less than 20% down payment, private mortgage insurance (PMI) may be a requirement of your loan. The lender, or bank, requires PMI when the buyer has a down payment of less than 20% of the asking price of the home.