Could obtaining PMI help me qualify for a larger loan?
Yes. Let’s say that you are a family with $42,000 annual gross income
and monthly revolving debts of $800 (car payment and credit cards) and have
$10,000 for a down payment and closing costs on a mortgage at 7% interest. Without
PMI, the maximum price you can afford is $44,600. But with private mortgage
insurance covering the lender’s risk, you can buy a house worth $62,300.
PMI has afforded you 39% more house.