1. Your Interest Rate May Be Lower
2. You’ll End Up Paying Less for Your Home
3. Your Offer Will Stand Out in a Competitive Market
4. You Won’t Have to Pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
“For homeowners who put less than 20% down, Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI is an added insurance policy for homeowners that protects the lender if you are unable to pay your mortgage.As mentioned earlier, if you put down less than 20% when buying a home, your lender will see your loan as having more risk. PMI helps them recover their investment in you if you’re unable to pay your loan. This insurance isn’t required if you’re able to put down 20% or more.
It is not the same thing as homeowner's insurance. It's a monthly fee, rolled into your mortgage payment, that’s required if you make a down payment less than 20%. . . . Once you've built equity of 20% in your home, you can cancel your PMI and remove that expense from your monthly payment.”