Weaver Appraisal Group can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is usually accepted when getting a mortgage. Since the liability for the lender is oftentimes only the remainder between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, the 20% adds a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value variationsin the event a purchaser defaults.

The market was accepting down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender manage the added risk of the small down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the home is less 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 payment and generally isn't even tax deductible. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits, PMI is lucrative for the lender because they collect 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 can a buyer keep from paying PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 forces the lenders on most loans to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. Wise homeowners can get off the hook beforehand. The law guarantees that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

It can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount of the loan, so it's necessary to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things calmed down, so even when nationwide trends predict falling home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

The toughest thing for most homeowners to understand is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Weaver Appraisal Group, we're masters at analyzing value trends in Butner, Granville 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 generally remove the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the home owner can enjoy 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