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Let P.M. Appraisals, Inc. help you determine if you can get rid of your PMI

A 20% down payment is usually accepted when getting a mortgage. Considering the risk for the lender is oftentimes only the remainder between the home value and the sum due on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value variationsin the event a purchaser is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage boom of the last decade, it became widespread to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the increased risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of 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.

PMI is pricey to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's favorable for the lender because they obtain the money, and they receive payment if the borrower doesn't pay, different from 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 can home buyers refrain from bearing the cost of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 forces the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law guarantees that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, smart homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Because it can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's necessary to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've obtained over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be adhering to the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things settled down, so even when nationwide trends hint at decreasing home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At P.M. Appraisals, Inc., we're masters at analyzing value trends in Babylon, Suffolk County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often drop the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the home owner 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