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What is PMI?
Buying a home is easier than ever, thanks to the availability of private mortgage insurance, or PMI. Private mortgage insurance has made it possible for qualifying buyers to obtain mortgages with a down payment as low as 3%. Such mortgages are increasingly in demand in today’s home market because potential homeowners, especially first time home buyers, are unable to accumulate the 20 or 30% down payment that would be required without private mortgage insurance.
Definition of PMI
PMI is a type of insurance required by the lender that helps protect lenders against losses due to foreclosure. This protection is provided by private mortgage insurance companies and enables lenders to accept lower down payments than would normally be allowed.
When Do I Need to Carry PMI?
If you make a down payment of less than 20% of the home sales price, your lender may require you to carry PMI.
How Much is PMI Going to Cost Me?
The House Banking Committee has estimated that the average cost of mortgage insurance is between $300 and $900 a year. Premiums are based on the amount and terms of the mortgage and will vary according to loan to value ratio, type of loan and the amount of coverage required by the lender.

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