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

A 20% down payment is usually accepted when purchasing a home. The lender's liability is usually only the difference between the home value and the sum due on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value fluctuations in the event a borrower doesn't pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it was customary to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the increased risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added plan covers the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the property is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI is pricey to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and generally isn't even tax deductible. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits, PMI is beneficial for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money if the borrower is unable to pay.

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

How homeowners can refrain from bearing the expense of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, smart homeowners can get off the hook sooner than expected.

Since it can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount borrowed, it's essential to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've accomplished over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be minding the national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends forecast plummeting home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

An accredited, 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. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Appraisal Professionals, we're experts at determining value trends in Kyle, Hays 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 remove the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the home owner can retain 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