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##### Asked by: Zenobia Bargo

business and finance interest rates# How much of a down payment do I need for a 15 year mortgage?

**mortgage**insurance premiums to

**15**-

**year**borrowers. Private

**mortgage**insurance or PMI is required by lenders when you put a

**down payment**that's smaller than 20% of the value of the home. PMI protects the lender in case you can't make the

**payments**.

Keeping this in view, how much is a downpayment on a 15 year mortgage?

Monthly **payments** for a **15**-**year mortgage** run about 50% higher than on a 30-**year** home loan. You also have to **pay** property taxes, insurance and, if you put less than 20% **down**, **mortgage** insurance. This could make it hard for borrowers to respond to emergencies and other needs.

**15**-

**year mortgage than**you would on a

**30**-

**year mortgage**. The interest rate:

**15**-

**year**loans typically have lower interest rates

**than 30**-

**year**loans, so you'll pay less interest right from the beginning.

In this way, what is the monthly payment on a 15 year mortgage?

A **15**-**year** fixed **mortgage** is a **loan** with a term of **15 years** that has an interest rate that is fixed for the life of the **loan**. For example, a **15**-**year mortgage** of $300,000 with a 20% down **payment** and an interest rate of 4% would have a **monthly payment** of about $1,775 (not including taxes and insurance).

If you have a higher income that proves you can afford the higher payments associated with a short term **mortgage** loan, then it's easy to qualify. You may also find interest rates that are between . 5 and 1% lower than they are for a 30-**year mortgage**.