Mortgage Insurance

Definition of "Mortgage Insurance"

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Marie Sexton, Real Estate Agent RE/MAX Property Source

Insurance provided the lender against loss on a mortgage in the event of borrower default. In the U.S., all FHA and VA mortgages are insured by the federal government. On other mortgages, the general practice is to require mortgage insurance from a private mortgage insurer when the loan amount exceeds 80% of property value. Borrowers pay the insurance premium in all cases.


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