There are different types of insurance you may need when buying a home.
Is Mortgage Insurance Required?
Mortgage insurance is required when your down payment is less than 20% of the purchase price.
What is the Purpose of Mortgage Insurance?
Mortgage insurance protects the mortgage company in case you default on your loan.
How is Mortgage Insurance Calculated?
The cost of mortgage insurance may vary depending on the down payment size, your credit score and the price of the home. Typically, insurance may cost anywhere between 0.5% – 5% of the loan amount.
How Long do you Have to Pay Mortgage Insurance?
It depends. One option that may be available is to pay the mortgage company an up-front premium at closing that covers the full cost of the insurance. Another possible option is to have the insurance combined with your mortgage payment and paid monthly.
Mortgage insurance is not necessarily required for the entire loan term. For example, if you have a 10-year adjustable-rate mortgage with insurance, you will not necessarily be paying the insurance for 10 years. Once you accumulate 20% equity in your home, you can ask the mortgage company to no longer require the insurance premiums.