Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from EXPRESS APPRAISAL GROUP, LLC can help you get rid of your PMI.

A 20% down payment is usually accepted when buying a house. The lender's liability is generally only the remainder between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value changes in the event a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the last decade, it became widespread to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to manage the increased risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the property is less than the balance of the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI is pricey to a borrower. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the costs, PMI is lucrative for the lender because they secure the money, and they get paid if the borrower defaults.

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

How can a buyer keep from bearing the cost of PMI?

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Savvy home owners can get off the hook beforehand. The law stipulates that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

Since it can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount of the loan, it's crucial to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends indicate plunging home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

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 difficult thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At EXPRESS APPRAISAL GROUP, LLC, we're experts at determining value trends in KINNELON, Morris County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often cancel the PMI with little effort. At which time, the homeowner can relish 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