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

It's generally inferred that a 20% down payment is common when buying a house. The lender's risk is generally only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it was customary to see lenders taking down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. How does a lender handle the additional risk of the low down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the property is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's beneficial for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay, contradictory to 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 homeowners can keep from bearing the cost of PMI

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. The law pledges that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, keen home owners can get off the hook a little early.

It can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the original loan amount, so it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, any appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Despite the fact that nationwide trends signify decreasing home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things simmered down.

The difficult thing for many homeowners to know is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At Columbus Appraisal Company, LLC, we're experts at pinpointing value trends in Westerville, Franklin 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 most often remove the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner can retain 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