EXPRESS APPRAISAL GROUP, LLC can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's widely known that a 20% down payment is common when purchasing a home. The lender's risk is oftentimes 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, selling the home again, and regular value variations on the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the last decade, it was customary to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the increased risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the house is lower than what is owed on the loan.

PMI is costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible. It's money-making for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay, separate from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the losses.

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

How homebuyers can keep from bearing the expense of PMI

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

Considering it can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial loan amount, it's crucial to know how your home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've accomplished over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Despite the fact that nationwide trends predict declining home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things simmered down.

The hardest thing for most homeowners to understand is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. It is an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their area. At EXPRESS APPRAISAL GROUP, LLC, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at pinpointing value trends in KINNELON, Morris County and surrounding areas. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally drop the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the homeowner 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