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Barnes Appraisal Company can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When purchasing a home, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Considering the risk for the lender is generally only the remainder between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, the 20% provides a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value fluctuationsin the event a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage boom of the last decade, it became customary to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. How does a lender endure the increased risk of the low down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental policy guards the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the house is less than the balance of the loan.

PMI is pricey to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the damages, PMI is beneficial for the lender because they acquire 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 avoid paying PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are forced to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. The law designates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, keen homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

It can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial loan amount, so it's necessary to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've gained 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? Your neighborhood may not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home may have gained equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends indicate plummeting home values, you should understand 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 is an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their 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. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually eliminate the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can relish 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