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I applied for a mortgage loan and the bank is requiring me to buy private mortgage insurance (PMI) if I want to get the loan. Can it do this?

Yes. PMI usually is required if the loan origination amount is more than 80 percent of the value of the home.

Last Reviewed: October 2020

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