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

It's largely inferred that a 20% down payment is the standard when buying a house. Because the risk for the lender is often only the remainder between the home value and the amount due on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value changesin the event a borrower defaults.

The market was working with down payments down to 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 small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the house is less than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI is pricey to a borrower. Opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the losses, PMI is favorable for the lender because they secure the money, and they receive payment 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 a homebuyer refrain from bearing the cost of PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are obligated to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Acute homeowners can get off the hook beforehand. The law promises that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned 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 initial amount of the loan, so it's crucial to know how your home has grown in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends indicate declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The toughest thing for almost all homeowners to know is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. It is an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc., we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at pinpointing value trends in Metairie, Jefferson County and surrounding areas. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often remove the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the homeowner 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