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

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. Since the liability for the lender is often only the difference between the home value and the sum due on the loan, the 20% adds a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value variationsin the event a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it was widespread to see lenders taking down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the increased risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary plan guards the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible. It's lucrative for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay, contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits.

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

How can a home buyer prevent bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on most loans to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law promises that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, acute home owners can get off the hook ahead of time.

Since it can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount of the loan, it's important to know how your home has grown in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be adhering to the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends signify decreasing home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

An accredited, 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 ASAP Appraisal Group, we're experts at identifying value trends in Lakeland, Polk County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often cancel the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the homeowner can enjoy 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