Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from A. M. Appraisals can help you get rid of your PMI.

A 20% down payment is typically accepted when buying a house. The lender's risk is often only the remainder between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value changes on the chance that a borrower defaults.

During the recent mortgage boom of the last decade, it became common to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the added risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the property is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI can be costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible. It's favorable for the lender because they secure the money, and they receive payment if the borrower defaults, different from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the damages.

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

How can homeowners keep from bearing the expense of PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Wise home owners can get off the hook ahead of time. The law promises that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent.

It can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial loan amount, so it's essential to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've acquired over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Despite the fact that nationwide trends predict plummeting home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before things cooled off.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. It is an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At A. M. Appraisals, we're masters at identifying value trends in West Columbia, Lexington County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often do away with the PMI with little effort. At that time, the homeowner can retain 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

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