REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.) can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is usually the standard when purchasing a home. The lender's liability is generally only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value variations on the chance that a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it became customary to see lenders taking down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the increased risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the home is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage payment and many times isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be pricey to a borrower. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the costs, PMI is favorable for the lender because they secure the money, and they get the money 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 a buyer refrain from bearing the cost of PMI?

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, savvy homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

It can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount borrowed, so it's necessary to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've accomplished over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends hint at falling home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

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 tough thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our area. At REVARI (Real Estate Valuation and Research Inc.), we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at pinpointing value trends in Claremont, Sullivan County and surrounding areas. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually cancel the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can enjoy the savings from that point on.

Want to learn more about PMI and the Homeowners Protection Act? Click this link:
Cancellation of Private Mortgage Insurance: Federal Law May Save You Hundreds of Dollars Each Year

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