Tuesday, July 17, 2018
How to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance
BY KRYSTAL FREDERICK | Mortgage lending consultant supervisor at Dupaco
If buying a house feels just out of reach, you might be closer to homeownership than you realized.
When you piggyback your mortgage—taking out two loans instead of one—you can avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance, an additional monthly payment required when your down payment is less than 20 percent of the home’s purchase price.
Dupaco members Tom and Rebecca Ameche used the 80/15 loan option to purchase their first home. The newlyweds took out two mortgages to avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance. The first mortgage was for 80 percent of the home’s value, the second for 15 percent. By piggybacking the loans—an option for qualified borrowers—the couple saves $160 in monthly PMI payments.
PMI protects the lender in case you default on your loan, but the payments can be costly, sometimes making homeownership unattainable, for borrowers.
Many Dupaco members have been asking how to avoid paying PMI when their down payment isn’t enough. We began offering the second mortgage option, also known as an 80/15 loan, last year to help homebuyers do just that.
This option isn’t for everyone, but it can be an invaluable tool in certain situations.
How a second mortgage works
With an 80/15 loan, you take out two mortgages, with the first mortgage for 80 percent of the home’s value and the second for 15 percent. The other 5 percent is your down payment.
By not paying PMI, you can start paying off the principal of your loan balance faster.
A second mortgage carries certain requirements, though, including:
What to consider
But there are some drawbacks to consider.
Some borrowers don’t like the risk of an increased mortgage payment that comes with the second mortgage.
After the first five years, the second mortgage’s interest rate can change every year, based on the 1-year LIBOR index. The rate can’t go up more than 2 percent in a year, and it can’t go up more than 6 percent during the life of the loan.
And because you already have a second mortgage, you can’t apply for a Home Equity Line of Credit until that loan is paid off.
It all comes back to credit
It all comes back to your credit. Your credit score will impact your closing costs, interest rate and even how much you pay in PMI (the lower your score, the higher your PMI payments will be). It’s so important to understand what your credit score is and how you can improve it.
That’s where Dupaco’s free Mortgage Makeover can help
If you’re thinking about buying a home in the next year or two, take advantage of this opportunity so you’re ready when you find the perfect house down the road.