Let Race Appraisal Services, LLC help you discover if you can get rid of your PMI

When purchasing a home, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. The lender's liability is usually only the remainder between the home value and the sum due on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value variations on the chance that a borrower doesn't pay.

The market was working with down payments down to 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender manage the additional risk of the small down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender in case a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the house is less than the loan balance.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and generally isn't even tax deductible. It's money-making for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay, contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the damages.

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

How can a home owner keep from bearing the expense of PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Wise homeowners can get off the hook a little early. The law pledges that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

It can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount of the loan, so it's crucial to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've acquired over the years counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be minding the national trends and/or your home may have gained equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends indicate falling home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our area. At Race Appraisal Services, LLC, we're masters at determining value trends in East Longmeadow, Hampden 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 usually drop the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can relish 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

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