Report: Texas Ranks First in U.S. for Number of Homebuyers Who Secured Home Financing Thanks to Private Mortgage Insurance

June 7, 2018

Findings Demonstrate Important Contributions by Private Mortgage Insurance to Texas Homeownership

WASHINGTON U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI), the association representing five of the six top private mortgage insurance (MI) companies in the United States, today released a report on the role of private MI in Texas. The report found that 79,030 homeowners in Texas secured a home loan with private MI in 2017, which ranks first in the nation in terms of the number of homeowners helped with MI, and breaks down low down payment mortgage lending in Texas.

“Private mortgage insurance has helped millions of first-time and middle-income homebuyers across the United States for more than 60 years and has had a tremendous impact in supporting homeownership in Texas. This report confirms what we have long known: MI is a critical piece of the U.S. housing finance system, helping Texans realize the dream of homeownership while providing important protections to Texas taxpayers,” said Lindsey Johnson, President of USMI. “For decades, low down payment borrowers in Texas have relied on MI to help them affordably and responsibly buy a home, and MI will continue to serve countless more prospective Texas homebuyers in the years to come.”

For many Texans, the biggest hurdle in buying a home is the 20 percent down payment they think is required for mortgage approval. It would take the average Texas homebuyer 18 years to save the full 20 percent down payment for a home. MI helps bridge the down payment gap so borrowers can obtain the financing needed to purchase a home, and in doing so allows Texas homeowners to build the kind of long-term wealth that comes with having equity in a home.

According to the report’s findings, 79,030 Texas borrowers became homeowners with the help of MI in 2017. Of these homeowners:

  • 55 percent were first-time buyers
  • 737 was the average FICO score
  • $233,650 was the average loan amount with MI

The report also highlights the number of minority homebuyers, including African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans, who have successfully purchase a home in Texas. In 2017, 613,325 total loans were made in Texas, and of that total 200,279– or nearly 33 percent – were purchased or refinanced by minority borrowers.

“Since 1957, private mortgage insurance has played a critical role in helping first-time buyers and low- to moderate-income earners in Texas achieve affordable home financing. Through this successful homeownership, families can build home equity and are able to enhance their financial stability—both of which greatly benefit Texas communities,” Johnson added. “The MI industry has been a time-tested partner for millions of Americans nationwide as they become homeowners, and we will continue to offer this important and competitive product to countless more Texans in the years to come.”

The complete report can be found here and a data fact sheet on MI in Texas is available here.