Tierney Appraisals can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When purchasing a home, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. The lender's liability is usually only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value variations in the event a purchaser doesn't pay.

Lenders were working with down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender endure the increased risk of the low down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the property is lower than what is owed on the loan.

PMI is costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits, PMI is favorable for the lender because they collect the money, and they get paid if the borrower is unable to pay.

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

How can home owners refrain from paying PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are obligated to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial 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 reaches just 80 percent.

Considering it can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount borrowed, it's important to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've acquired over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends forecast falling home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things cooled off.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity goes over 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 Tierney Appraisals, we're masters at pinpointing value trends in Beverly, Essex County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally remove the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the home owner can relish 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