Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal can help you get rid of your PMI.

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. The lender's risk is usually only the remainder between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value variations on the chance that a borrower defaults.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the last decade, it was widespread to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. How does a lender endure the additional risk of the small down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the house is lower than the balance of the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and often isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits, PMI is money-making for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay.

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

How can a home buyer prevent bearing the expense of PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are required to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law states that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, wise homeowners can get off the hook a little early.

It can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the original loan amount, so it's essential to know how your home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've acquired over the years counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home could have gained equity before things calmed down, so even when nationwide trends signify falling home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The hardest thing for most home owners to understand is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. It is an appraiser's job to know the market dynamics of their area. At Premier Appraisal of SoCal, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at pinpointing value trends in Mission Viejo, Orange County and surrounding areas. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often cancel the PMI with little anxiety. At that 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