Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Columbus Appraisal Company, LLC can help you get rid of your PMI.

It's typically known that a 20% down payment is accepted when getting a mortgage. Considering the risk for the lender is usually only the remainder between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value variationsin the event a purchaser defaults.

Banks were working with down payments as low as 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to handle the added risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental policy guards the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the house is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI is costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. It's money-making for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money if the borrower is unable to pay, contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the losses.

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

How homebuyers can keep from bearing the expense of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 obligates the lenders on most loans to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law designates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, savvy homeowners can get off the hook sooner than expected.

Because it can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the original loan amount, it's crucial to know how your home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends predict plunging home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be adopting the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things cooled off.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. It is an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Columbus Appraisal Company, LLC, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at analyzing value trends in Westerville, Franklin County and surrounding areas. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often do away with the PMI with little effort. 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