APPRAISAL EXPRESS, INC can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. The lender's risk is often only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value variations on the chance that a purchaser 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. How does a lender endure the increased risk of the low down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the property is less than what is owed on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage payment and generally isn't even tax deductible, PMI is costly to a borrower. It's profitable for the lender because they secure the money, and they receive payment if the borrower is unable to pay, contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the costs.

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

How can a homebuyer keep from bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on most loans to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. Keen home owners can get off the hook beforehand. The law pledges that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

Since it can take many years to reach the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount of the loan, it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, any appreciation you've gained over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends indicate plummeting home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home could have gained equity before things simmered down.

The hardest thing for almost all home owners to know is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. It is an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their area. At APPRAISAL EXPRESS, INC, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at determining value trends in Durango, La Plata County and surrounding areas. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often cancel the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner can delight in 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