Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Weaver Appraisal Group can help you get rid of your PMI.

It's typically inferred that a 20% down payment is the standard when getting a mortgage. Since the liability for the lender is oftentimes only the remainder between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value changeson the chance that a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage boom of the mid 2000s, it was common to see lenders taking down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the added risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This additional plan covers the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the house is lower than what is owed on the loan.

PMI can be costly to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's advantageous for the lender because they secure the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay, unlike a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the damages.

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

How homeowners can keep from bearing the expense of PMI

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. Acute home owners can get off the hook sooner than expected. The law states that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

Since it can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount borrowed, it's important to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be heeding the national trends and/or your home may have gained equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends predict plunging home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

The toughest thing for many homeowners to know is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. It's an appraiser's job to know the market dynamics of their 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 data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often cancel the PMI with little effort. At which time, the homeowner 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