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Barnes Appraisal Company can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Since the risk for the lender is often only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value fluctuationson the chance that a borrower doesn't pay.

During the recent mortgage boom of the mid 2000s, it became common to see lenders taking down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental plan takes care of the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the property is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI is costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's profitable for the lender because they collect the money, and they receive payment if the borrower is unable to pay, separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the losses.

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

How homeowners can avoid paying PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law pledges that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, keen homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Considering it can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount of the loan, it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, any appreciation you've accomplished over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Despite the fact that nationwide trends hint at plunging home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things settled down.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Barnes Appraisal Company, we're masters at analyzing value trends in Lawton, Comanche County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally drop the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can delight in the savings from that point on.

Want to learn more about PMI and the Homeowners Protection Act? Click this link:
Cancellation of Private Mortgage Insurance: Federal Law May Save You Hundreds of Dollars Each Year