(In the USA)
Looking around the Internet, I see many places saying that private mortgage insurance (PMI) is almost certainly going to be required for any mortgage with a less than 20% down payment.
I am asking, is it possible to avoid getting PMI if you have less than 20% down? And if so, what are the alternatives and/or lenders that provide such a mortgage?
(Note that my question is different from this one, in that I'm asking about avoid PMI before closing on a house, rather than getting out of PMI before reaching 20% in equity after already getting into a mortgage.)