Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Race Appraisal Services, LLC can help you get rid of your PMI.

A 20% down payment is usually the standard when purchasing a home. Because the liability for the lender is usually only the difference between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% provides a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value variationsin the event a purchaser is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it became common to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the increased risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added policy takes care of the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the house is less than the loan balance.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the damages, PMI is advantageous for the lender because they secure the money, and they receive payment if the borrower is unable to pay.

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

How can homebuyers refrain from bearing the expense of PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law guarantees that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, keen homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time.

It can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is only 20% of the original loan amount, so it's necessary to know how your home has grown in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've obtained over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Despite the fact that nationwide trends indicate falling home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be adhering to the national trends and/or your home might have gained equity before things calmed down.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Race Appraisal Services, LLC, we're experts at pinpointing value trends in East Longmeadow, Hampden County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often cancel the PMI with little effort. At that time, the homeowner 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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