Real Estate Glossary

What is Private Mortgage Insurance?

Private mortgage, also known as a private loan, is a type of financing provided by private individuals or investors rather than traditional financial institutions such as banks.

In a private mortgage, the lender (private investor) uses their personal funds to finance the purchase of a property and the borrower (homeowner) repays the loan over a specified period of time. Private mortgages are often sought by individuals who are unable to obtain traditional financing due to a poor credit score, a lack of collateral, or other reasons.

The terms of a private mortgage can vary depending on the lender, but typically include a higher interest rate and shorter repayment period than traditional loans. The lender is taking on a higher risk by lending to someone who may not meet the standards of a traditional lender, so the higher interest rate is to compensate for this risk.

In order to obtain a private mortgage, the borrower must provide the lender with information about their financial situation, credit history, and the property they want to purchase. The lender will then assess the borrower's ability to repay the loan and determine the interest rate and repayment period.