Breakdown of Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance

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Want to take advantage of the market’s lowest interest rates, but don’t have enough money to make a large enough downpayment to avoid private mortgage insurance? That’s what lender-paid mortgage insurance can help you do.

How lender-paid mortgage insurance works is your lender pays the mortgage insurance premium up-front (in a lump sum) and then charges you payments with a higher interest rate.  This rate is usually one-quarter to half a percentage point higher.

The example below shows the difference borrower-paid mortgage insurance and lender-paid mortgage insurance, on multiple levels.  The down payment is $25,000 and the borrowed amount is $225,000 with private mortgage insurance.

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