Milwaukee Appraisal Co./Stowe Appraisals can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. The lender's risk is often only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value changes on the chance that a borrower defaults.

Banks were accepting down payments as low as 10, 5 and often 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. PMI takes care of the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the property is lower than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. It's beneficial for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get paid if the borrower defaults, opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the damages.

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

How homebuyers can keep from bearing the cost of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on most loans to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Wise home owners can get off the hook beforehand. The law pledges that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

It can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount borrowed, so it's important to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've accomplished over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Despite the fact that nationwide trends signify declining home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be adhering to the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things settled down.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a tough thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Milwaukee Appraisal Co./Stowe Appraisals, we're masters at determining value trends in Franklin, Milwaukee County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often eliminate 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