Let Herrin Appraisal Company help you discover if you can get rid of your PMI

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. The lender's liability is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value variations in the event a borrower is unable to pay.

Lenders were taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to endure the increased risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the property is lower than what is owed on the loan.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and generally isn't even tax deductible. It's advantageous for the lender because they obtain the money, and they receive payment if the borrower defaults, contradictory to 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 refrain from bearing the cost of PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are forced to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law pledges that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, wise home owners can get off the hook a little early.

Considering it can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial loan amount, it's crucial to know how your home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends hint at plunging home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things simmered 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 Herrin Appraisal Company, we're experts at identifying value trends in Clemmons, Forsyth County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually cancel the PMI with little effort. At which time, the homeowner 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

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