Allen Appraisal Service can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Since the risk for the lender is oftentimes only the remainder between the home value and the amount due on the loan, the 20% provides a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value changesin the event a borrower doesn't pay.

During the recent mortgage boom of the last decade, it became customary to see lenders taking down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the increased risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the home is lower than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI is costly to a borrower. Separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs, PMI is favorable 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 home buyers can keep from paying PMI

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are forced to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law designates that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, wise home owners can get off the hook a little early.

It can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the original loan amount, so it's crucial to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends indicate plunging home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for almost all homeowners to understand is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. It's an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their area. At Allen Appraisal Service, we're masters at analyzing value trends in St. George, Washington County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally cancel the PMI with little effort. At that time, the homeowner can retain the savings from that point on.

Want to learn more about PMI and the Homeowners Protection Act? Click this link:
Cancellation of Private Mortgage Insurance: Federal Law May Save You Hundreds of Dollars Each Year

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