Q&A


Eyal Tropen - Sr. Loan Officer

NMLS # 874253/1055557

Q: Should we buy a home now with a lower down payment and take out mortgage insurance? Or is it better to wait until we save at least 20% down payment before we buy a home ...

What is PMI?

Mortgage insurance (PMI) is required by lenders when taking a mortgage with a down payment lower than 20% of the value of the house (the lower of the purchase price and the appraised value). The insurance protects the lender in the event of a default from losses due to the difference between the selling price of the seized asset (after foreclosure and sale costs and expenses) and the unpaid debt.

So, is it better to wait until you save at least 20% down payment to not pay mortgage insurance? Let's review the numbers...



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