Price Appraisals & Realty, LLC can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. The lender's liability is often only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value changes on the chance that a borrower doesn't pay.

The market was accepting down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. How does a lender endure the added risk of the low down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible, PMI is pricey to a borrower. It's money-making for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get paid if the borrower defaults, opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the losses.

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

How can home owners prevent bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on most loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Savvy homeowners can get off the hook a little early. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

Because it can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial loan amount, it's necessary to know how your home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've accomplished over time counts towards removing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home may have gained equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends forecast 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 rises above the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Price Appraisals & Realty, LLC, we're masters at determining value trends in Lakeway, Travis County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually drop the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner 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