Mortgage Insurance – When Home Buyers Have to Have It

Private Mortgage Insurance – Mortgage Insurance


Home Buyers Are Sometimes Required to Pay It with a Mortgage

This is a guest post by Mortgage Lender, George Soutu, in Connecticut who shares valuable Mortgage Insurance information for all home buyers.

What Is PMI/MI & Why Do I Have To Pay It?

When I first became a Loan Originator, I thought that everyone knew what PMI was and what it stood for, after all I did, and I knew nothing about the mortgage

Mortgage Insurance - When Home Buyers Have to Have It

Mortgage Insurance – When Home Buyers Have to Have It

business.  Well it quickly became very evident that was not the case, and that many people have not even heard the term before.

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance, and it is an insurance Borrower pays on behalf of the Lender, on every Conventional Loan (Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac) if they do not make at least a 20% down payment at the time they acquire a mortgage from a Lender.  Yes you heard that correctly, the Lender needs to protect themselves for at least 20% of every loan they make, and it is the Borrower who pays for it.  This seems unfair at first, but once it is explained why the Lender needs to be protected for at least 20% of every loan it makes a little more sense.

The reason why the Lender needs to be protected for at least 20% of a mortgage, is in case the Borrower defaults on the mortgage and the Lender has to foreclose on them.  20% is the amount most Lenders feel is required to make them whole for the costs the Lender incurs during the foreclosure process. 

When a Lender forecloses on a Borrower they have to hire an Attorney to represent them during the foreclosure, continue to pay property taxes, and carry homeowners insurance.  These cost can be substantial until the property is foreclosed and sold. 

Once the foreclosure is completed the Lender hires a Realtor to sell the property and has to pay the Realtor a commission.  But before the property is even put on the market for sale, the Lender in most cases needs to restore the property to the point it is a salable property.  This is needed because when a Lender forecloses on a Borrower, many times that Borrowers does very destructive things to the property before the foreclosure is completed.  They put holes in the walls, rip out light fixture, toilets, sinks, destroy carpets, as well as many other destructive things.  Restoring the property to the point of being able to sell it can be very costly.

The PMI payment will vary with the percentage the Borrower puts down as a down payment when they acquire the mortgage.  The PMI payment are factored at 3%, 5%, 10%, and 15% down payments .

Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) also know as just simply as MI, is the Finance Housing Administration (FHA) version of PMI, but unlike PMI there is very little difference in the MI payment regardless how much a Borrower puts down.  And unlike a Conventional Mortgage, MI is charged on every FHA Mortgage, even if the Borrower makes a 20% down payment.  If the down payment is 10% or more, the MI will be on the loan for 11 years.  If the down payment is for 10% or less, the MI will be on the loan for the life time of the loan.  So why would a Borrower who has 20% to put down on a mortgage take out a FHA Mortgage?  The answer is simple, they would not unless it was because their credit scores are to low, or their Debt-To-Income Ratios to high to qualify for a Conventional Mortgage.  FHA mortgages are far more lenient on credit scores, and Debt-To-Income Ratios than conventional mortgages.

Mortgage Insurance need to know information for all potential home buyers.


Information about this post’s author and guest blogger, George Soutu:
Is a mortgage Loan Officer who can assist you with all your FHA, CHFA, and Conventional mortgage needs in Connecticut. George resides in Middlesex County which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Durham, Cromwell, Portland, Higganum, Haddam, East Haddam, Chester, Deep River, and Essex. George can be contacted at (860) 573-1308 or

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