FAQ: What is PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)?

Private Mortgage Insurance, also known as PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy you may be required to obtain in order to get a mortgage loan. PMI is provided by private (non-government) companies and is usually required when your loan-to-value ratio — the amount of your mortgage loan divided by the value of your home — is greater than 80 percent.

PMI isn't a bad thing — it allows you to make a lower down payment and still qualify for a mortgage loan. In fact without PMI, many of us would not be able to purchase our first home.

PMI is now tax-deductible. We are not lawyers or tax authorities and we advise you, strongly, to consult your own tax professional to determine whether you qualify for tax deductions related to PMI.