Primary Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is a payment with which most new homeowners must contend. Generally, you have to pay PMI if your equity (i.e., your down-payment on a new purchase) is below a certain threshold. For many people, that can be worth it, because in exchange for a nominal increase in monthly payment (the PMI), you may be able to purchase much more home than you could if you were required to put 20% down. But just because it can be a good idea up front doesn’t mean you should keep paying it for ever. The Iowa Gazette provides a quick little case-study that contrasts paying enough more towards your mortgage to remove PMI vs. putting more into your 401k. It’s well worth the read.
Theresa Springer’s Blog
Your Best Investment May Be Paying Off Your Primary Mortgage Insurance
April 16, 2015