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MI solutions for first-time-homebuyers

More than just a product, mortgage insurance is a strategy.

Historically, the 20% down payment has been a big hurdle for many first-time homebuyers. You can help more renters become buyers when you think of MI as a tool that can help them become homeowners instead of waiting on the sidelines.

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MI helps first-time homebuyers buy sooner

College grad Isaiah has some money saved up, but he doesn’t know much about the homebuying process. He’s not sure if he’d be better off buying or continuing to rent.

See how Isaiah used MI to become a homeowner sooner and build more equity

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Buy now or wait and save? Help them do the math!

Show your borrowers the possibilities with our Buy Now vs. Wait calculator.

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MI helps expand house-hunting options

Help your borrowers break into new neighborhoods and new price points with the power of MI! It’s a big accomplishment to save up $15,000 for a down payment. But if your borrowers put 20% down, they would only be able to afford a $75,000 home. Private MI can offer your borrowers increased buying power and expand their home search, allowing them to consider a wider range of home prices and available homes for sale — assuming, of course, that they can afford the higher monthly payment that accompanies the larger home price.

MI when your borrowers need it — not when they don’t

Private MI can usually be canceled when the loan either reaches the cancellation point due to amortization of the original loan amount, or the borrowers request cancellation based on an increase in their home value due to appreciation or home improvements. For many borrowers, that may be an advantage over an FHA loan. FHA typically doesn’t allow borrowers to cancel the monthly MI payment unless they put down 10% or more.

MI cancellation gives you an additional opportunity to stay connected to your borrowers. They’ll thank you when you get in touch to notify them they may be able to cancel! Get more details on MI cancellation.

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How MGIC MI compares with FHA

FHA loans and conventional loans with private mortgage insurance are both great options for borrowers who have less than 20% to put down on a home. It’s important to show your borrowers all the options for their individual situation so they can make an informed decision.

MGIC MI was right for first-time homebuyers Sarah and Val because it allowed them to put down less with a smaller monthly payment and the ability to cancel MI in several years.

See how FHA compared to MGIC MI for Sarah and Val

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