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

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. Considering the liability for the lender is usually only the remainder between the home value and the sum due on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value fluctuationson the chance that a borrower doesn't pay.

During the recent mortgage boom of the last decade, it became customary to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or even 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the increased risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary plan protects the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be pricey to a borrower. It's money-making for the lender because they collect the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay, unlike a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the losses.

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

How can buyers refrain from bearing the cost of PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Keen homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time. The law pledges that, upon request of the homeowner, 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 only 20% of the original amount borrowed, so it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Despite the fact that nationwide trends predict declining home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things cooled off.

An accredited, 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 understand the market dynamics of our area. At Herrin Appraisal Company, we're experts at pinpointing value trends in Clemmons, Forsyth County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually eliminate the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the homeowner can delight in 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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