Avoiding mortgage insurance is not always an easy thing to do, especially if the borrower is financially strapped. However, it can be done. What exactly is mortgage insurance? There is several mortgage-related insurance-mortgage protection insurance and private mortgage insurance (PMIs), to name a few. However, we will only be elaborating on PMIs when we use the term “mortgage insurance.” Mortgage insurance is therefore an insurance coverage that is required on the mortgage of a borrower who is putting less than a 20% down payment toward the purchasing price of a home.
Therefore to avoid paying insurance, a borrower must put down 20% or more toward the cost of the property. There are lots of other ways to avoid paying mortgage insurance, though. Another way to side step the extra expense is by taking out a second loan, sometimes called a piggyback loan or second mortgage that closes simultaneously with the first mortgage. The second loan can normally be a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit provided by the lender or lending institution.
By paying a little extra each month toward the mortgage payment, one can dramatically reduce the principal of the loan faster, which will facilitate the removal of insurance if one was used in attaining the mortgage in the first place. When 20% or more of the mortgage has been paid, a borrower with insurance can contact the lender of the mortgage and request a removal of the insurance. By law, the lender is required to remove the insurance when requested by the borrower, providing that 20% or more of the mortgage is paid.
Refinancing a home loan with a lender who does not require mortgage insurance can also help a homeowner do away with or remove insurance from a mortgage. People with good credit can ask their lenders to exempt them from paying mortgage insurance. Most banks are willing to work out deals with borrowers who have excellent credit because it makes good business sense. People with good credit are less likely to default on loans and are less risky for banks or other creditors. So lenders will be more apt to take a chance on credit worthy people and will be more than willing to wave the insurance requirement.
To conclude, avoiding insurance is not the easiest thing to do, especially when there is a limited in available funds. Banks and other lenders usually require borrowers to pay mortgage insurance when the down payment is less than 20% of the purchasing price of the home. However, there are many ways to get around paying insurance. Paying more than 20% down toward the purchasing price of the home and paying extra on the mortgage each month, so the principal can be paid down quickly are some of the ways people avoid paying mortgage insurance.