Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . can help you get rid of your PMI.

It's widely inferred that a 20% down payment is the standard when purchasing a home. The lender's liability is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value changes in the event a purchaser defaults.

During the recent mortgage boom of the mid 2000s, it was common to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. A lender is able to manage the added risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender in case a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the house is lower than what is owed on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI is costly to a borrower. It's lucrative for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the costs.

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

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

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are obligated to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law stipulates that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, savvy homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time.

Because it can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, any appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends predict plunging home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things settled down.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners 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 understand the market dynamics of their area. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ., we're masters at determining value trends in Valrico, Hillsborough County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often do away with the PMI with little trouble. At that 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