Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When purchasing a home, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Considering the risk for the lender is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% adds a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value changeson the chance that a borrower defaults.

During the recent mortgage boom of the last decade, it was widespread to see lenders taking down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the increased risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the property is less than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be costly to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible. It's money-making for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get the money if the borrower is unable to pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the losses.

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

How can homeowners keep from bearing the cost of PMI?

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. Acute homeowners can get off the hook a little early. The law states that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

It can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount of the loan, so it's essential to know how your home has grown in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be adopting the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things calmed down, so even when nationwide trends forecast decreasing 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. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At Associated Appraisal Group, Inc., we're experts at pinpointing value trends in Palm Harbor, Henderson County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally remove the PMI with little anxiety. At which 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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