Let Associate Appraisers of America help you learn if you can get rid of your PMI

A 20% down payment is usually the standard when buying a house. The lender's liability is usually only the remainder between the home value and the amount due on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value changes on the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

Banks were working with down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the home is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the deficits, PMI is favorable for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get the money if the borrower defaults.

Does your monthly mortgage payment include PMI? Contact us, you may be able to save money by removing your PMI.

How can a home owner keep from paying PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Acute home owners can get off the hook sooner than expected. The law stipulates that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent.

Considering it can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount borrowed, it's necessary to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've accomplished over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood might not be adhering to the national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends forecast decreasing home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Associate Appraisers of America, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at recognizing value trends in Seal Beach, Orange County and surrounding areas. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often remove the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the homeowner can relish the savings from that point on.

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Cancellation of Private Mortgage Insurance: Federal Law May Save You Hundreds of Dollars Each Year