Is there a way to avoid paying outrageous PMI if you plan to finance 100% of a new home?

My husband and I are planning to purchase a new home in the next couple of months. I know that traditionally, without 20% down payment, banks require you to pay PMI. While I understand the bank's perspective on this, as a buyer - it seems like money thrown to the wind every month.

My husband has impeccable credit, so we can get a good interest rate. We just aren't in a position to put 20% down at this time. I have heard about 80/20 loans, but I am not sure if that is a better option. I am only intrested in a 30 year fixed rate mortgage - no ARM! Do I have any other options other than PMI???

9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Every buyer hates paying PMI but unfortunately when you borrow more than 80% of the homes value you have to pay it. Your only options are:

    1) An 80% 1st mtg and 20% second mtg- you will have 2 monthly payments and 2nd mortgage rates are higher so sometimes this is not beneficial.

    2) A 75% 1st mtg and 25% second mtg-same draw backs as listed above.

    3) If you qualify for a VA loan they will finance up to 100% without PMI.

    4) Rural Development programs also do not have PMI.

    One benefit of PMI effective this year you can take a tax deduction on the PMI paid if you fall in the designated income bracket.

    Now, there are some loan programs that have a reduced PMI premium:


    My Community Mortgage

    Lender paid MI- is an option but you will be trading in your lower rate for this. However, I would suggest you get a quote on this to see if it would be beneficial for you.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. Good Luck.

    Source(s): Mortgage Banker
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  • An 80/20 or 75/25 loan eliminates the PMI requirement. The first mortgage has a lower interest rate based on credit and other items. The second mortgage has a higher interest rate, also based on credit, and comes in different flavors, i.e. terms.

    Be sure the second mortgage is a LOAN and NOT a HELOC (home equity line of credit). And make absolutely certain you understand the "term" portion of the second mortgage.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try these 3 tactics;

    a; a lease option to buy and ask the seller to

    pay the PMI [or buy direct and put in the contract

    that the seller reimburse you for the PMI]

    b; find a foreclosure home and see if you can

    get it for 25-50% below market value.

    Then, the lender is insured.

    c. Create a small home business that excites you and have it pay the PMI and also

    earn you tons of money. [no joke, I suggest

    people do this all the time to

    help pay bills and have an outside income.]

    just NOT mlm or other BS thing.

    IT must be something you love.

    i will help if you wish, no cost

    Source(s): RE broker
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  • 1 decade ago

    you can get a loan with lender paid mortgage insurance (LPMI). It wouldn't matter if you had an ARM or not. Less than 20 % down , you are going to pay MI. MI is now deductible. 80/20 may be the way to go, you'll get a good rate on the 1st and with extra payments to principal you can pay down the 2nd early, and get rid of the higher rate payment

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  • 3 years ago

    If the merchandising fee is $120k you will would desire to place down a minimum of $24k to circumvent PMI. The eighty% discern is predicated upon the decrease of the appraised fee or the merchandising fee. do no longer positioned ANY inventory in internet-based valuations. they're often ineffective.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    there is discounted PMI with MyCommunity/HomePossible would need to qualify.

    FHA is 2.25% down and it has very good PMI rates....

    or you can take a higher interest rate and have the lender paid PMI product

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm pretty sure most will require it. However, in the US you should be able to deduct your PMI payments come income tax time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can do an 80% first that is FIXED and you can do a 20% that has a fixed feature to it, which is a popular option.

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  • Judy
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    1 decade ago

    Pretty much any lender will require PMI if you don't have 20% equity in your home.

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