Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Binder and Associates (360) 573-8114 can help you get rid of your PMI.

It's largely known that a 20% down payment is accepted when buying a house. The lender's liability is often only the remainder between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser defaults.

Lenders were taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added policy covers the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than the balance of the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. Contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the deficits, PMI is money-making for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money 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 homebuyer prevent bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law states that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, acute home owners can get off the hook ahead of time.

It can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount borrowed, so it's essential to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be minding the national trends and/or your home could have gained equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends indicate plummeting home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for many home owners to know is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Binder and Associates (360) 573-8114, we're masters at pinpointing value trends in Ridgefield, Clark County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually do away with the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the home owner 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