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Mortgage Insurance Explained: What You Need to Know

St. Louis, MO – September 27th, 2023 – When in the process of purchasing a home, it’s important to keep in mind and understand the costs you will be responsible for when you buy with a mortgage loan…One of which could potentially be mortgage insurance.

We asked Loan Officer, Clint Winberry (NMLS #2475127), to walk us through understanding mortgage insurance, how it works and other specifics that go into having mortgage insurance. Check out what he says to has to say!

Q: Are there different types of mortgage insurance? If so, what are they and how do they differentiate from each other?

A: Yes, there are three different types of mortgage insurance!

  1. Borrower-Paid (this is when the borrower is paying within their mortgage payment)
  2. Lender-Paid (a fee that lenders pay)
  3. FHA (this is specific to an FHA loan and is held differently than regular mortgage insurance such as Borrower-Paid or Lender-Paid)

Q: When is having mortgage insurance required?

A: Mortgage insurance is required when a borrower is making a downpayment of less than 20% of the loan value, or in the case of FHA loans, mortgage insurance is always required.

Q: Does having mortgage insurance affect monthly payments?

A: Typically, borrower-paid mortgage insurance will be 0.5% to 1% of the loan amount per year which is split up into your 12 monthly payments per year. On conventional loans, your mortgage insurance is automatically terminated after your loan-to-value reaches 78%. On FHA loans, mortgage insurance is for the life of the loan. You can potentially eliminate mortgage insurance in the future by refinancing your home if your loan-to-value is at or below 80%.

Q: Why is mortgage insurance necessary?

A: Mortgage insurance lowers the risk to the lender, so a borrower can qualify for a loan that they might not otherwise be able to obtain!

If you’re interested in purchasing your first home, it may be a good idea to sit down with a knowledgeable loan officer before you are ready to buy. Gershman Mortgage staffs only the best and brightest loan officers in the game and they will help you make the best decision for you and your family. Especially when it comes to down payments, they can help you determine a price range that fits your budget and how much you’ll need. 

When you are ready, contact a Gershman Mortgage Loan Officer to start your journey home today.


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