Let EXPRESS APPRAISAL GROUP, LLC help you determine if you can eliminate your PMI

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Considering the liability for the lender is often only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% provides a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value fluctuationson the chance that a purchaser defaults.

During the recent mortgage boom of the mid 2000s, it became common to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental plan guards the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the home is less than the balance of the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible, PMI is pricey to a borrower. Opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the costs, PMI is advantageous for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get the money if the borrower is unable to pay.

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

How can a homeowner prevent bearing the cost of PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are obligated to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. The law guarantees that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, acute homeowners can get off the hook a little early.

Since it can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's necessary to know how your home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be heeding the national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends forecast falling home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to understand the market dynamics of their area. At EXPRESS APPRAISAL GROUP, LLC, we're masters at identifying value trends in KINNELON, Morris County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually eliminate the PMI with little effort. At which time, the home owner 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