Answer for "What is a private Mortgage?"

Cheryl Jones real estate agent
  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


Private mortgage insurance is insurance that protects mortgage lenders against default on loans by providing a way for mortgage companies to recoup the costs of foreclosure. PMI is usually required if the down payment is less than 20 percent of the sale price. Homebuyers pay for the coverage in monthly installments. PMI is usually terminated when the homebuyer has built up 20 percent equity in the property.



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