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How Does Mortgage Insurance Work?

Asked by Trulia Orlando, Orlando, FL Thu Jan 17, 2013

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Poorly, just ask AIG. All kidding aside, mortgage insurance protects the lender from default by the borrower. It offers no protection to the consumer.
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Trulia,

For the Lender yes, supposedly.... but if you ask Lehman Brothers..I think they feel other wise.
Kevin did an awesome job of explaining.. See below..

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It insures the lender in case you default when you dont have 20% down..

You have a home you buy for $100,000 and you use FHA 3.5% down. The have the bank is at risk for 96.5% of the purchase price, your loan, They will add mortgage insurance to your loan which will cover them on the difference.

If you buy that same home with 20% down instead of 3.5%, its not required.

As time goes by ans your equity builds, you can request that the mortgage insurance be dropped once you have 20% equity in the property. Banks give you hard time about this though, so make sure you can request it and if you get a mortgage through a credit union, its easier to drop because your a member/owner at a credit union.

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Kevin Cloutier
A HouseSOLD Name
Southern Premier Realty
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