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Columbus Appraisal Company, LLC can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is usually accepted when buying a house. Since the risk for the lender is usually only the remainder between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, the 20% adds a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value variationsin the event a borrower defaults.

The market was working with down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. A lender is able to handle the added risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary plan guards the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the house 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 is pricey to a borrower. It's profitable for the lender because they collect the money, and they receive payment if the borrower is unable to pay, separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the damages.

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

How buyers can refrain from bearing the expense of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on most loans to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, acute home owners can get off the hook ahead of time.

Considering it can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount borrowed, it's crucial to know how your home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be adhering to the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things calmed down, so even when nationwide trends hint at falling home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for many home owners to understand is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. It's an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their area. At Columbus Appraisal Company, LLC, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at analyzing value trends in Westerville, Franklin County and surrounding areas. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally remove the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the home owner can enjoy 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