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Study Finds 37 Percent of Homebuyers Purchased MI Over Past Decade

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Jun 05, 2014

Research released by TD Bank revealed that 37 percent of those who purchased a home in the past 10 years—and 43 percent of those who did so within the last two years—required mortgage insurance (MI). Of those who required PMI (private mortgage insurance), 65 percent said that the addition of a mortgage insurance premium left them paying a higher monthly mortgage payment than they originally expected. The study, which is an extension of the 2014 TD Bank Mortgage Service Index, surveyed more than 2,000 Americans who have purchased a home in the past 10 years. The findings indicate the growing impact PMI has on mortgage payments, which is often required when homebuyers are unable to make a 20 percent downpayment to purchase a home. With average PMI costing approximately $100 per month, mortgage insurance can become a significant expense for many borrowers before they reach 20 percent equity in their property. Further, FHA loans now require PMI for the life of the loan which considerably increases the total cost of home ownership for borrowers who cannot make a 20 percent down payment. "PMI has had a definitive impact on many home buyers – including making them rethink or delay the purchase of a home in light of not being able to meet monthly mortgage payments," said Michael Copley, executive vice president of Retail Lending, TD Bank. "While FHA loans may be available, home buyers, especially first time buyers, may not realize the options available to them that don't require PMI insurance. TD Bank's Right Step program, for example, calls for only three percent down and does not require PMI. Prospective buyers should meet with a lender or financial institution to find a loan solution that meets their needs and monthly budget." The TD Bank survey also revealed that: ►Twenty-seven percent of those who purchased a home within the last 10 years felt that PMI costs impacted the home they purchased. For those who purchased a home in the last two years, that number increased to 35 percent. ►Fifty-three percent of respondents reported experiencing a negative impact because of the additional cost of PMI. Over four in ten of those requiring PMI reported having to cut back on small and daily purchases and/or larger household purchases. ►Forty-three percent of Millennials (ages 18-34) did not make a 20 percent down payment and required mortgage insurance, as compared to 37 percent of Gen X-ers (ages 35-54) and 23 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 55 and older). ►Regardless of age, respondents felt that the impact of PMI left them paying more than expected—60 percent of Millennials, 60 percent of Gen X-ers and 58 percent of Baby Boomers. ►Compared to Gen X-ers and Baby Boomers, Millennials requiring PMI felt most impacted in home purchasing decisions, such as delaying the purchase of a home or purchasing a smaller home (30 percent vs. 18 percent for Gen X-ers and 14 percent for Baby Boomers). ►Forty six percent of Millennials responded that they've had to cut back on small/daily purchases and/or cut back or delay larger household purchases due to the additional cost of PMI, while 38 percent of Gen X-ers and only 26 percent of Baby Boomers experienced similar cut backs when requiring PMI.
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