Let Quinsigamond Appraisal Services help you determine if you can eliminate your PMI

It's typically known that a 20% down payment is the standard when purchasing a home. Since the liability for the lender is generally only the difference between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value variationsin the event a purchaser is unable to pay.

The market was taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. A lender is able to manage the increased risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the house is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs, PMI is advantageous for the lender because they collect the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay.

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

How can homebuyers keep from bearing the cost of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on most loans to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law stipulates that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, acute home owners can get off the hook a little earlier.

It can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount of the loan, so it's important to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've accomplished over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends hint at declining home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be adhering to the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things cooled off.

The difficult thing for almost all homeowners to understand is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. It is an appraiser's job to know the market dynamics of their area. At Quinsigamond Appraisal Services, we're experts at determining value trends in Worcester, Worcester County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often cancel the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the home owner 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