All City Appraisal can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's widely known that a 20% down payment is the standard when buying a house. The lender's liability is often only the difference between the home value and the amount due on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value fluctuations in the event a purchaser defaults.

During the recent mortgage boom of the mid 2000s, it was widespread to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary policy protects the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the home is less than the loan balance.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the deficits, PMI is lucrative for the lender because they collect the money, and they receive payment 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 home owners can refrain from paying PMI

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the original loan amount. Savvy homeowners can get off the hook a little early. The law promises that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent.

It can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount borrowed, so it's necessary to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've accomplished over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be minding the national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before things settled down, so even when nationwide trends signify falling home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for almost all homeowners to understand is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At All City Appraisal, we're masters at analyzing value trends in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually drop the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the homeowner 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