Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Allen Appraisal Service can help you get rid of your PMI.

A 20% down payment is typically the standard when getting a mortgage. The lender's liability is generally only the difference between the home value and the amount due on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value variations on the chance that a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it became common to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. How does a lender handle the added risk of the low down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental policy takes care of the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the property is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and often 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 paid if the borrower doesn't 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 refrain from bearing the cost of PMI

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, wise home owners can get off the hook sooner than expected.

Considering it can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's important to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've obtained over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Despite the fact that nationwide trends signify declining home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be minding the national trends and/or your home may have gained equity before things simmered down.

The difficult thing for almost all home owners to know is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Allen Appraisal Service, we're experts at determining value trends in St. George, Washington County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often cancel the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the home owner can relish 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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