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ASAP Appraisal Group can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is typically the standard when purchasing a home. Since the risk for the lender is often only the difference between the home value and the amount due on the loan, the 20% provides a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value fluctuationsin the event a borrower doesn't pay.

Lenders were taking down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. A lender is able to endure the increased risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender in case a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the home is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the damages, PMI is beneficial for the lender because they acquire the money, and they receive payment 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 home buyers can refrain from bearing the cost of PMI

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are required to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. Acute home owners can get off the hook a little earlier. The law pledges that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals just 80 percent.

It can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount of the loan, so it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've acquired over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends forecast declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The hardest thing for almost all home owners to know is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At ASAP Appraisal Group, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at analyzing value trends in Lakeland, Polk County and surrounding areas. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often cancel the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the home owner can delight in the savings from that point on.

Want to learn more about PMI and the Homeowners Protection Act? Click this link:
Cancellation of Private Mortgage Insurance: Federal Law May Save You Hundreds of Dollars Each Year