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

It's typically inferred that a 20% down payment is accepted when purchasing a home. 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 typical value variationsin the event a borrower defaults.

The market was accepting down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to handle the additional risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental plan guards the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than the loan balance.

PMI can be costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. It's advantageous for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get paid if the borrower defaults, unlike a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the damages.

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

How can homeowners refrain from paying PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the original loan amount. Acute home owners can get off the hook a little early. The law guarantees that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals just 80 percent.

Since it can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount borrowed, it's essential to know how your home has appreciated 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 fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be following the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends indicate plummeting 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. As appraisers, it's our job to keep up with the market dynamics of our area. At Giles Appraisal Group, Inc., we're masters at determining value trends in Panama City, Bay 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 usually eliminate the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the homeowner can relish 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