Appraisal Advisors Group can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is usually the standard when purchasing a home. Since the risk for the lender is usually only the difference between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, the 20% provides a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value changesin the event a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the last decade, it became common to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the added risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental plan takes care of the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the property is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the losses, PMI is profitable for the lender because they collect the money, and they get paid if the borrower defaults.

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

How can a buyer avoid bearing the expense of PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are obligated to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law pledges that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, wise home owners can get off the hook ahead of time.

It can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount borrowed, so it's essential to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood might not be minding the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things settled down, so even when nationwide trends hint at declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The toughest thing for almost all homeowners to know 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 keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Appraisal Advisors Group, we're masters at analyzing value trends in Caguas, Caguas 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 most often drop the PMI with little trouble. 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