Thomas W. Steinhart can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When purchasing a home, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Considering the liability for the lender is generally only the difference between the home value and the amount due on the loan, the 20% provides a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value variationson the chance that a borrower defaults.

Lenders were working with down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added plan guards the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the house is less than what is owed on the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be pricey to a borrower. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the losses, PMI is lucrative for the lender because they acquire the money, and they receive payment 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 homeowner avoid bearing the expense of PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are required to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Acute homeowners can get off the hook a little early. The law promises that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent.

It can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount of the loan, so it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of 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 fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends indicate declining home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Thomas W. Steinhart, we're masters at recognizing value trends in Westfield, Hamilton 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 eliminate the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the homeowner can delight in 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