Let Appraise Colorado Inc help you figure out if you can eliminate your PMI

It's generally understood that a 20% down payment is the standard when getting a mortgage. The lender's risk is usually only the remainder between the home value and the amount due on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value fluctuations in the event a purchaser is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the last decade, it became widespread to see lenders taking down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to manage the increased risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. It's profitable for the lender because they collect the money, and they receive payment if the borrower doesn't pay, unlike a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the damages.

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

How can homebuyers refrain from bearing the cost of PMI?

With the utilization 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 equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Acute homeowners can get off the hook a little early. The law designates that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

It can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount borrowed, so it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Despite the fact that nationwide trends predict plunging home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things simmered down.

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 tough thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Appraise Colorado Inc, we're experts at pinpointing value trends in Parker, Arapahoe County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often remove the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the home owner can enjoy 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