Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's generally understood that a 20% down payment is common when buying a house. Considering the liability for the lender is usually only the difference between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value changeson the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

Lenders were working with down payments down to 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This additional policy guards the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the house is lower than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. It's lucrative for the lender because they collect the money, and they get paid if the borrower defaults, different from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the deficits.

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 stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law guarantees that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, savvy home owners can get off the hook a little earlier.

It can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial loan amount, so it's necessary to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before things calmed down, so even when nationwide trends signify declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The hardest thing for almost all homeowners to know is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our area. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc., we're masters at determining value trends in Metairie, Jefferson County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often drop the PMI with little trouble. 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