Why PMI is Not a Bad Thing for Orange County Home Buyers

Why PMI is Not a Bad Thing for Orange County Home Buyers

A common request amongst Orange County home buyers is to get a loan with no mortgage insurance. But unless they have a down payment of 20%, or qualify for a specialized program like a VA loan, then understanding what PMI is and why it is beneficial to home buyers with less than 20% down is important. What is PMI? If you are entering into a Conventional loan and are going to be paying a down payment of less than 20 percent, the lender will require you pay Private Mortgage Insurance, or “PMI”. Having borrowers pay mortgage insurance protects lenders in the case that the borrower forecloses. Private Mortgage Insurance will usually vary between .2% and 1.5% and depend on your credit score and down payment size. Obviously, the better the credit score the lower the PMI factor. Also, the bigger the down payment percentage, the lower the PMI factor. It makes sense that a borrower with 15% equity and a FICO score of 740 will pay less for PMI than a borrower with 5% equity and a 620 FICO score. For example, if an Orange County first time home buyer is putting 5% down on a purchase price of $500,000, they will have ¬†loan amount of $475,000 (after their $25,000 down payment). If the PMI factor is .62%, then the monthly PMI would be $245, which will be part of the monthly mortgage payment. ($475,000 x .0062 / 12 = $245). Paying for PMI There are several potential ways that you can pay for PMI on your loan. The most common way to pay for PMI is through a...