Appraisal Advisors Group can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Considering the liability for the lender is oftentimes only the remainder between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, the 20% adds a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value changesin the event a borrower defaults.

During the recent mortgage boom of the last decade, it was widespread to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the house is less than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and often isn't even tax deductible. It's favorable for the lender because they secure the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the losses.

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

How homebuyers can avoid bearing the cost of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, acute homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Since it can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the original loan amount, it's necessary to know how your home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've accomplished over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends predict decreasing home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home might have gained equity before things simmered down.

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 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 pinpointing value trends in Caguas, Caguas County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally remove the PMI with little trouble. At that 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