PMI is an acronym you might hear when you're buying a home, but what is it short for? PMI stands for private mortgage insurance, and this is cost you will have to pay if you don't have 20% down payment.
What is PMI?
It's insurance that protects your lender, not the bor...
When you're trying to buy a home in a competitive market, it's tempting take to bold actions. Offering more than the asking price is one strategy, but there's another more extreme action that you may end up regretting: waiving the home inspection.
Though no one welcomes this added expense, it's often a necessary compromise when purchasing a home or refinancing. The good news is that it doesn't last the entire life of the loan. In fact, there may be actions you can take right now to get rid of PMI sooner!