How to avoid paying private mortgage Insurance. The best way to avoid paying PMI is to not have it on the loan to begin with! If you are purchasing a new home, but won’t have a significant down payment, ask your loan officer for suggestions on avoiding PMI.
Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) If you have less than a 20% down payment when you purchase a home, you most likely will be required to purchase private mortgage insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender on a conventional mortgage in the event the borrower defaults and the lender forecloses on the property.