National MI vs. FHA

FHA? Signs Point to MI. Proceed with National MI

Ease of use
Less paperwork National MI
Faster Closing National MI
Advantage in multiple offer buying situations National MI
Straightforward appraisals and processes National MI
Favorable Pricing and Overall Costs
More monthly savings in HIGHER FICO tiers National MI
No upfront fees National MI
Cancelable National MI
Purchase Power and Options
Higher loan limit National MI
Lowest down payment National MI
No DTI overlay National MI
Less cash to close National MI
100% gift funds allowed Either Way
Prior Bankruptcy Maybe FHA*
Less than stellar credit score Either Way

Please refer to National MI’s Underwriting Guideline Manual and Master Policy for a complete description of policies and requirements.
*FHA may not support the loan amount.

FACTS about FHA mortgage insurance premiums:

  1. FHA mortgage insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2008. A borrower now has to pay $17,398 in premiums during the first five years after the purchase of a median-price home ($212,100), compared to just $9,210 in 2008.1
  2. The recent decision by the FHA to lower annual mortgage insurance premiums will delay the ability of FHA to attain the 2 percent minimum capital ratio of risk insured that they are required to maintain. As of February 26, 2015, they stood only at a 0.41 percent capital ratio, one fifth of the two percent statutory minimum.2
  3. The FHA premium reduction counteracts a bipartisan agreement to bring private capital into backing mortgages, and rely less on taxpayers as a backstop.3 In the wake of the financial crisis, the FHA insurance fund required $1.7 billion from U.S. taxpayers due to a capital shortfall.

Experience the conventional wisdom that comes with National MI. Below are examples of the monthly payment differences per $100,000 financed with National MI Conventional vs. FHA.

Lower monthly payments
For those borrowers with good FICO® scores, National MI can still deliver lower monthly payments over an FHA loan.

We also offer a wider range of payment options than FHA, including monthly or single premium options, paid by the lender or borrower.

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No upfront payment required
With FHA, upfront payment is folded into the loan amount, chipping away at a borrower’s equity.

Cancellable at least 6 years sooner than FHA

It’s not all about monthly payments, it’s about costs
The true cost of mortgage insurance for a borrower with an FHA loan can really add up and may not be their best fit in the long term.

Less cash to close
We insure loans with just 3% down, while FHA requires a minimum 3.5% down payment. The time it takes for a borrower to save the additional funds could delay their getting into a home.

We provide a faster path to closing more loans

  • No need for FHA case numbers
  • No need for special Direct Endorsement (DE) underwriters
  • No need for approved appraisers
  • No burdensome extra paperwork or package preparation


1     “The 2014 Mortgage Insurance Report,” WalletHub.
2     Article: “FHA and the need to strike the right balance for taxpayers,”

3     Doug Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum, CQ Congressional Transcripts, Hearing of the House Financial Services Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, February 26, 2015




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