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

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. Because the risk for the lender is often only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, the 20% adds a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value variationson the chance that a borrower defaults.

Banks were taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and often 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. A lender is able to handle the increased risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the property is less than what is owed on the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. It's beneficial for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get the money if the borrower is unable to pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs 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 a buyer prevent bearing the cost of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 forces the lenders on most loans to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Savvy home owners can get off the hook ahead of time. The law states that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

It can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial loan amount, so it's important to know how your home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends hint at falling home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things simmered down.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Amerappraise, LLC, we're masters at analyzing value trends in Bear, New Castle County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often do away with the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the homeowner can relish 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