CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC 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 generally only the remainder between the home value and the amount due on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value variations in the event a borrower defaults.

Banks were taking down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. How does a lender endure the added risk of the low down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the property is lower than the loan balance.

PMI can be costly to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible. It's profitable for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay, separate from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the losses.

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

How can homeowners keep from bearing the cost of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on most loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Savvy home owners can get off the hook a little early. The law designates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

Since it can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial loan amount, it's important to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've accomplished over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Despite the fact that nationwide trends hint at decreasing home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be following the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things simmered down.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our area. At CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC, we're masters at recognizing value trends in Smyrna, Cobb County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally do away with the PMI with little effort. At which time, the home owner can enjoy 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