Weaver Appraisal Group can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. Since the risk for the lender is often only the difference between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% provides a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value fluctuationsin the event a borrower is unable to pay.

The market was taking 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 increased risk of the low down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary policy covers the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the home is less than what is owed on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. Separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the damages, PMI is money-making for the lender because they secure the money, and they get the money 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 buyers can avoid bearing the cost of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. Savvy homeowners can get off the hook beforehand. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent.

Since it can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's essential to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things settled down, so even when nationwide trends predict declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a tough thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their area. At Weaver Appraisal Group, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at analyzing value trends in Butner, Granville County and surrounding areas. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often eliminate the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the home owner 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