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

It's widely understood that a 20% down payment is the standard when buying a house. Because the liability for the lender is usually only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value variationson the chance that a purchaser defaults.

Lenders were accepting down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental policy guards the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the property is lower than what is owed on the loan.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's money-making for the lender because they secure the money, and they receive payment if the borrower doesn't pay, contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the losses.

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

How can a homebuyer prevent paying PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are forced to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law designates that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, keen home owners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Since it can take many years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's crucial to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Despite the fact that nationwide trends signify plunging home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be adopting the national trends and/or your home could have gained equity before things calmed down.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our 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 figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally eliminate the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can retain 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