Herrin Appraisal Company can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's generally inferred that a 20% down payment is the standard when purchasing a home. Considering the liability for the lender is usually only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% provides a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value variationson the chance that a borrower is unable to pay.

The market was taking down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the home is lower than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage payment and many times isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be pricey to a borrower. It's beneficial for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get paid if the borrower is unable to pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs.

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

How home buyers can refrain from bearing the cost of PMI

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are obligated to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law guarantees that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, smart homeowners can get off the hook a little early.

It can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the original loan amount, so it's important to know how your home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be minding the national trends and/or your home might have gained equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends signify declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for most homeowners to understand is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At Herrin Appraisal Company, we're masters at recognizing value trends in Clemmons, Forsyth County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually remove the PMI with little trouble. At that 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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