What is PMI?

Different Types of Mortgage Insurance

Are shopping for a home loan? Understanding mortgage insurance will help you make an informed decision. There are two types of mortgage insurance – private mortgage insurance (PMI) and mortgage insurance premiums (MIP). There are distinct differences between PMI and MIP that should be considered when deciding which loan program suits your financial needs.

What is PMI?

PMI is private mortgage insurance available in a variety of premium plan structures and payment options that can usually be tailored to the borrower’s needs. There are a number of private mortgage insurance providers and each structure their offerings a bit differently. A licensed loan officer can explain your private mortgage insurance options in great detail.

What is MIP?

MIP is the government-administered mortgage insurance program for the FHA that has certain restrictions and has undergone a number of changes over the last few years. This type of insurance is used to offset the risk of lending to borrowers with a smaller down payment – which FHA loans offer. It is important to note that MIP is a permanent part of a FHA loan and cannot be removed without refinancing.

Differences Between PMI & MIP

Major differences between these insurance programs include:

  • PMI is required for conventional loans with less than a 20% down payment, while MIP is required with FHA loans
  • No upfront mortgage premium is required with PMI while an upfront MIP is required with FHA loans (upfront MIP with FHA can be financed into loan)
  • Monthly PMI can be canceled after a stated LTV is achieved and favorable payment history has been established, while monthly MIP is paid for the life of the loan (until loan is refinanced)

Contact an Inlanta Mortgage loan professional to discuss your options and ensure that you select the program that is right for you! Click here to find a licensed mortgage loan professional near you.

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