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

A 20% down payment is typically accepted when getting a mortgage. The lender's risk is usually only the difference between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value fluctuations on the chance that a borrower is unable to pay.

The market was working with down payments down to 10, 5 and often 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the last decade. A lender is able to manage the increased risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the house is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI is pricey to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and often isn't even tax deductible. Separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs, PMI is money-making for the lender because they secure the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay.

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

How can homeowners avoid bearing the cost of PMI?

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law states that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, smart homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

It can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount of the loan, so it's crucial to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've obtained over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be minding the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends indicate plunging home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for most home owners to know is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Weaver Appraisal Group, we're masters at recognizing value trends in Butner, Granville County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often do away with the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the homeowner can retain 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