Let Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . help you figure out if you can cancel your PMI

It's largely inferred that a 20% down payment is the standard when purchasing a home. The lender's risk is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value changes on the chance that a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it was widespread to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the increased risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This additional plan covers the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the property is less than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and generally isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. It's lucrative for the lender because they secure the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in 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 home buyers refrain from bearing the expense of PMI?

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are forced to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Smart homeowners can get off the hook sooner than expected. The law promises that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

It can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial loan amount, so it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've obtained over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Despite the fact that nationwide trends signify plunging home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be adopting the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things cooled off.

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 hard thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ., we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at identifying value trends in Valrico, Hillsborough County and surrounding areas. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally drop the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the homeowner can relish 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