Amerappraise can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's widely inferred that a 20% down payment is the standard when buying a house. The lender's liability is often only the remainder between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value changes in the event a borrower is unable to pay.

The market was taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the house is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI is pricey to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and often isn't even tax deductible. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the damages, PMI is beneficial for the lender because they collect the money, and they receive payment 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 can home buyers prevent paying PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on most loans to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law stipulates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, wise home owners can get off the hook sooner than expected.

It can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount borrowed, so it's important to know how your home has grown in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood might not be following the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things calmed down, so even when nationwide trends forecast falling home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The toughest thing for many home owners to understand is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our area. At Amerappraise, we're masters at determining value trends in Mount Airy, Frederick County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often remove the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner can enjoy 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