ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. The lender's risk is often only the remainder between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value changes on the chance that 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 endure the additional risk of the low down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is lower than what is owed on the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI is pricey to a borrower. Opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the losses, PMI is favorable for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get paid 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 can a home owner prevent paying PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are obligated to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. Savvy home owners can get off the hook sooner than expected. The law promises that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

It can take many years to reach the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount of the loan, so it's essential to know how your home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends indicate declining home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be minding the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things settled down.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a tough thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to understand the market dynamics of their area. At ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc., we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at pinpointing value trends in Mesa, Maricopa County and surrounding areas. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally remove 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