Let Gregory James Company, Inc. help you determine if you can get rid of your PMI

When purchasing a home, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Since the risk for the lender is oftentimes only the difference 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 typical value changeson the chance that a purchaser defaults.

Lenders were accepting down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary plan takes care of the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the property is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI can be costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. Separate from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the damages, PMI is advantageous for the lender because they secure the money, and they get the money if the borrower defaults.

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 paying PMI

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. The law states that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, savvy home owners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Because it can take many years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's important to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've accomplished over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends predict plunging home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have gained equity before things settled down.

The hardest thing for most home owners to know is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At Gregory James Company, Inc., we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at pinpointing value trends in Cedartown, Polk County and surrounding areas. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally remove the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the homeowner 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

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