No, it is not. Homeowners’ insurance protects homeowners from loss due to theft, fire or other disasters. In comparison, Mortgage Guarantee protects the lender from damage due to credit default by the borrower
Experience shows that homeowners with less than 20% invested in the cost of a home are more likely to default, subsequently making low down payment mortgages riskier for lenders. To offset that risk, lenders and investors typically require mortgage guarantee for loans with low down payments (less than 20-25%). The Mortgage Guarantee Company is an expert in understanding and managing the risk related to a low-down payment for a home loan, which offsets the risk for Lenders.
MG makes it possible for families to buy homes with a lower down payment, helping them become homeowners sooner than otherwise possible. For first-time buyers, MG helps clear the biggest hurdle to homeownership: coming up with a 20% down payment. This low-down payment can help if you’re a first-time buyer – as you can now afford your first home without any delays. Both first-time and move-up buyers can benefit by putting down less money and keeping cash for other uses: making investments, paying off debt, or paying for home improvements or emergencies.
No. Mortgage Guarantee is not mortgage-linked life insurance, which pays off the mortgage if the borrower dies or becomes disabled. Mortgage Guarantee is a credit risk mitigant while the other covers life.
The lender orders MG while the loan is being underwritten. The loan originator consults with the home buyer to determine which loan product best meets their needs, and then establishes the MG requirements.