REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.) can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's largely known that a 20% down payment is common when purchasing a home. The lender's risk is generally only the difference between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value variations on the chance that a purchaser doesn't pay.

The market was taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender in case a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the property is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. Separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the deficits, PMI is favorable for the lender because they secure the money, and they receive payment if the borrower is unable to pay.

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

How can homeowners prevent paying PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Savvy home owners can get off the hook sooner than expected. The law stipulates that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

Considering it can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount borrowed, it's crucial to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home might have gained equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends forecast decreasing home values, you should realize 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 tough thing to know. It is an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.), we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at identifying value trends in Claremont, Sullivan County and surrounding areas. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally cancel the PMI with little effort. 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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