Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Floyd Appraisal Works can help you get rid of your PMI.

A 20% down payment is usually accepted when purchasing a home. Because the risk for the lender is often only the remainder between the home value and the sum due on the loan, the 20% provides a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value changesin the event a purchaser defaults.

The market was working with down payments down to 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender endure the increased risk of the small down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the home 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 generally isn't even tax deductible, PMI is pricey to a borrower. Opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the deficits, PMI is favorable for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money 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 home owners refrain from paying PMI?

With the employment 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 equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Smart homeowners can get off the hook sooner than expected. The law stipulates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent.

It can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount of the loan, so it's necessary to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've accomplished over time counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends indicate declining 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 goes over the 20% point, as it's a tough thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Floyd Appraisal Works, we're experts at recognizing value trends in Hohenwald, Lewis County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually remove the PMI with little effort. At that 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