Race Appraisal Services, LLC can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. The lender's liability is usually only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value fluctuations in the event a borrower is unable to pay.

Lenders were taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary plan takes care of the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's profitable for the lender because they acquire the money, and they receive payment if the borrower defaults, contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs.

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

How home buyers can avoid bearing the cost of PMI

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are obligated to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. Wise homeowners can get off the hook beforehand. The law pledges that, at the 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 just 20% of the initial amount borrowed, so it's important to know how your home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends hint at plummeting home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things calmed down.

The hardest thing for most home owners to know is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our area. At Race Appraisal Services, LLC, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at determining value trends in East Longmeadow, Hampden County and surrounding areas. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally eliminate the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner 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

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