Let Burgundy Appraisals help you figure out if you can cancel your PMI

It's widely inferred that a 20% down payment is common when getting a mortgage. The lender's risk is generally only the difference between the home value and the amount due on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

The market was working with down payments dropping to 10, 5 and frequently 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to endure the added risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This additional plan protects the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the property is less than the loan balance.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. Separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the deficits, PMI is lucrative for the lender because they obtain the money, and they are covered if the borrower doesn't pay.

Is PMI a lineitem in your monthly house payment? Call Burgundy Appraisals today at (215) 450-5235 or send us an e-mail. A new appraisal could save you thousands.

How can a buyer refrain from bearing the cost of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 forces the lenders on the majority of loans to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Smart homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier. The law promises that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent.

Because it can take a significant number of years to get to the point where the principal is just 80% of the initial amount borrowed, it's essential to know how your Pennsylvania home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not follow national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before the economy simmered down. So even when nationwide trends forecast declining home values, you should know most importantly that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for most people to figure out is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. An accredited, Pennsylvania licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. It's an appraiser's job to know the market dynamics of their area. At Burgundy Appraisals, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at determining value trends in North Texas. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually do away with the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner can relish the savings from that point on.

The amount you keep from getting rid of the PMI required when you got your mortgage pays for the appraisal in a matter of months. Burgundy Appraisals is in the business of tracking value trends in North Texas. Contact us today.

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Cancellation of Private Mortgage Insurance: Federal Law May Save You Hundreds of Dollars Each Year