All City Appraisal can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. The lender's liability is generally only the remainder between the home value and the sum due on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value fluctuations on the chance that a borrower defaults.

The market was taking down payments down to 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to endure the increased risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender in case a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the property is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. It's advantageous for the lender because they collect the money, and they receive payment if the borrower defaults, contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the deficits.

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

How can home buyers avoid bearing the cost of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, smart home owners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Since it can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the original loan amount, it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be minding the national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends forecast plummeting home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for almost all homeowners to know is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At All City Appraisal, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at analyzing value trends in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually 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