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What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?

When it comes to buying a home, whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to purchase homes with down payments below 20%, you can never have too much information about Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

What is PMI?

Freddie Mac defines PMI as:

“An insurance policy that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage. It’s a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that is required for all conforming, conventional loans that have down payments less than 20%.

Once you’ve built equity of 20% in your home, you can cancel your PMI and remove that expense from your mortgage payment.”

As the borrower, you pay the monthly premiums for the insurance policy, and the lender is the beneficiary. Freddie Mac goes on to explain that:

“The cost of PMI varies based on your loan-to-value ratio – the amount you owe on your mortgage compared to its value – and credit score, but you can expect to pay between $30 and $70 per month for every $100,000 borrowed.” 

According to the National Association of Realtors, the average down payment for all buyers last year was 10%. For first-time buyers, that number dropped to 5%, while repeat buyers put down 14% (no doubt aided by the sale of their homes). This just goes to show that for a large number of buyers last year, PMI did not stop them from buying their dream homes.

Here’s an example of the cost of a mortgage on a $200,000 home with a 5% down payment & PMI, compared to a 20% down payment without PMI:

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? | MyKCM

The larger the down payment you can make, the lower your monthly housing cost will be, but Freddie Mac urges you to remember:

“It’s no doubt an added cost, but it’s enabling you to buy now and begin building equity versus waiting 5 to 10 years to build enough savings for a 20% down payment.”

Bottom Line

If you have questions about whether you should buy now or wait until you’ve saved a larger down payment, let’s get together to discuss our market’s conditions and help you make the best decision for you and your family.

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Hayesville, North Carolina is a small city in the extreme southwestern mountains of North Carolina. The city itself consists of about half a square mile of land, all of it being land. Just to the north of Hayesville, the Hiawassee River flows westward into the Rocky Mountains and Tennessee. Downtown Hayesville consists of the original historic courthouse and jail, which have been converted into a museum. There are also many unique shops and restaurants, and the idyllic little town square plays hostto many different concerts, festivals, and fun events throughout the year. Some of the most popular attractions in Hayesville consist of outdoor activities, as the Good Lord saw fit to make this area of the world a beautiful and wonderful outdoor playground. Hiking and biking trails abound, as well as tubingand fishing on the river and Fires Creek. Heritage of the mountain people as well as the Cherokee people before them is celebrated and memorialized in a couple different sites. And agritourism is a popular attraction offered by many of the local farms. The landscape here is absolutely picture perfect. Tall blue mountains rise up in the distance on all sides, while much of Hayesville is level to hilly farm and pasture land. It is truly a beautiful site for a home or just to sit back and relax in perfect peace. Many people who come to this area to visit are here to unwind and escape the daily grind. If, however, you would like to make this paradise a more permanent escape, contact Best Mountain Deals today. The people of Hayesville are always ready to welcome a new neighbor, and our team of agents most definitely have the best listings currently offered.

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