CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's largely known that a 20% down payment is common when buying a house. The lender's liability is oftentimes only the remainder between the home value and the amount due on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it became customary to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the additional risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the house is less than the balance of 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 monthly payment and generally isn't even tax deductible. It's advantageous for the lender because they secure the money, and they get the money if the borrower defaults, unlike a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs 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 a homebuyer prevent bearing the expense of PMI?

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

It can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount borrowed, so it's necessary to know how your home has increased in value. After all, any appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be following the national trends and/or your home might have gained equity before things settled down, so even when nationwide trends hint at plummeting home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

An accredited, 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 CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC, we're experts at analyzing value trends in Smyrna, Cobb 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 remove the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the home owner can delight in 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