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Wenzel Select Properties Newsletter-Vol 11 Issue 9


Concerned About PMI? Consider These Points

When it comes to getting a home loan, three of the most dreaded letters are PMI. Those three seemingly harmless letters stand for private mortgage insurance, and borrowers have been conditioned to be wary of it.

PMI is a lender’s way of reducing its risk on mortgages that are secured with less than a 20% down payment. The cost is an annual premium that’s typically 0.5% to 1% of the entire loan amount on an annual basis. PMI has become something homebuyers mostly try to avoid because they’ve been told that having it is like throwing money away each month. Consider these points.

PMI Gives More People the Opportunity to Be Homeowners
Putting down a large down payment does save money on interest over time, but most buyers will not be able to put down 20% on a home, especially since home prices keep rising. PMI gives buyers who don’t have a large chunk of cash savings a way to get a mortgage and start gaining equity in their home.

PMI Can Be Canceled When Your Home Equity Is Over 20%
PMI can be canceled when the borrower has 80% equity in the home, the way they would have if 20% had been put down. However, PMI is not automatically canceled, and the buyer should be aware that they’ll need to write their lender a letter requesting cancellation.

Can You Afford PMI?
Lenders typically require that a borrower’s monthly debts not exceed 33% of monthly income. If the added cost of PMI pushes you over your monthly budget, you’ll need to shop for a less expensive home or postpone homebuying until your financial situation improves.

Affordability is a fair objection to PMI, since it adds a monthly expense to a homebuyer’s budget. But as long as the borrower can afford it—and remembers to cancel it when they get to 80% equity—then PMI is a good tool to help more buyers become homeowners.

Managing Broker: Lisa Wenzel - 630 430-4797

Broker: Melissa Mathis – 630 392-5171

Broker: Freddy Wenzel - 630 750-4797

Broker: Danny Reed - 708 703-4653

Broker: Kristine Emmel - 847 489-8965

Broker: Catherine Lopez - 630 981-4572

Broker: Michaela Valle – 630 946-4269

Broker: April Stary – 630 962-4820

Broker: Nina Rodriguez – 224 587-0780

Broker: Eumeka Aguado - 847 513-4433

Harmanpreet Singh - 630 440-1578

Anthony Abbatacola – 630 310-7493
Team Wenzel, 1120 Norfolk Street, Downers Grove IL 60516
The material in this publication is provided for your informational purpose only and is not intended to substitute professional advice. If your property is currently listed with a Real Estate Broker, this publication is not intended as a solicitation.

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