Question: Is Paying PMI Worth It?

PMI (private mortgage insurance) is usually required if you put less than 20 percent down on a house.

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.

Is it better to pay PMI or higher interest?

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. In that event, the higher interest rate loan would be the better deal if you hold the mortgage less than 24 years.

Is PMI a waste of money?

Yes, your PMI payments would cost about $12,432 in total, but your interest savings over the life of the loan more than make up for it. Plus, even when you pay for PMI, your monthly mortgage payment only totals $852. That’s less than what your monthly payment would be if you wait.

Is PMI ever a good idea?

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) Makes Low Down Payment Loans Possible. It’s important to realize, though, that mortgage insurance — of any kind — is neither “good” nor “bad”. Mortgage insurance helps people to become homeowners who might not otherwise qualify because they don’t have 20% to put down on a home.

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 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 a bank waive PMI?

However, there are exceptions to the rule — research your options if you want to avoid PMI. For example, there are low down-payment, PMI-free conventional loans, such as PMI Advantage from Quicken Loans. This lender will waive PMI for borrowers with less than 20 percent down but they’ll bump up your interest rate.

Should I pay off PMI early?

By paying PMI you are reducing the bank’s risk. That is a good thing for you because it allows banks to make loans they otherwise may not have made. And they are able to make them at lower rates than they would have offered without mortgage insurance.

Is it better to put 20 down or pay PMI?

Any time you put less than 20% down on a home, you’ll have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI) until you reach 20% equity. If you don’t want to pay too much money in interest and PMI, it makes sense to put down a 20% down payment if you can afford to do so.

Can you pay off PMI early?

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.

Can you avoid PMI with 10 down?

While that’s the simplest way to avoid PMI, a down payment that size may not be feasible. With an “80-10-10” piggyback mortgage, for example, 80% of the purchase price is covered by the first mortgage, 10% is covered by the second loan, and the final 10% is covered by your down payment.

Does PMI go towards principal?

Paying for private mortgage insurance is just about the closest you can get to throwing money away. This is a premium designed to protect the lender of the home loan, not you as a homeowner. Unlike the principal of your loan, your PMI payment doesn’t go into building equity in your home.

Does PMI decrease over time?

The PMI cost is $135 per month according to mortgage insurance provider MGIC. But it’s not permanent. It drops off after five years due to increasing home value and decreasing loan principal. You can cancel mortgage insurance on a conventional loan when you reach 78% loan-to-value.