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Can you please tell me why do I have to buy mortgage

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Can you please tell me why do I have to buy mortgage insurance. My loan officer told me if I pay at closing cost 10k that would save me like s250 after 3,5 years this is for convention loan of about 360k. Also if I buy MI do I qualify for more?
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  LawTalk replied 16 days ago.

Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Mortgage insurance is generally required for conventional mortgage loans if you are no paying at least 20% of the purchase price as a down payment. So, if the loan to value ration of the purchase is below 80% many lenders will not require that you pay mortgage insurance.

Paying the closing costs of $10,000 at the time of the closing, as opposed to rolling them into the mortgage will generally save you about $400 a year in additional interest payments.

Agreeing to pay for mortgage insurance will not qualify you to borrow any more money (it is your present income and debts that determine how much you can borrow)---but it will allow you to borrow more than 80% of the value of the home you are buying so you don't have to put 20% as a down payment.

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