Associate Appraisers of America can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's widely understood that a 20% down payment is common when getting a mortgage. Because the risk for the lender is usually only the remainder between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, the 20% adds a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value fluctuationsin the event a purchaser doesn't pay.

During the recent mortgage boom of the last decade, it became common to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the property is less than the loan balance.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. Contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the deficits, PMI is profitable for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get the money 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 keep from bearing the expense of PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are obligated to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law stipulates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, smart homeowners can get off the hook sooner than expected.

It can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the original loan amount, so it's necessary 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 pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends forecast declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Associate Appraisers of America, we're experts at recognizing value trends in Seal Beach, Orange 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 generally do away with the PMI with little anxiety. 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