Is it better to have PMI or higher interest rate?
PMI Premium: The higher the PMI premium, the more likely the higher rate is a better deal.
Premiums vary with the type of loan, term, down payment and other factors.
The Rate Increment: The smaller the increase in the interest rate charged in lieu of PMI, the greater the advantage of the higher rate loan.
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.
Is paying PMI worth it?
You might pay a couple hundred dollars per month for PMI. But you could start earning upwards of $20,000 per year in equity. So for many people, PMI is worth it. Mortgage insurance can be your ticket out of renting and into equity wealth.
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.