Let Trust Real Estate Appraisal Services PLC help you learn if you can eliminate your PMI

When purchasing a home, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. Since the liability for the lender is often only the difference between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser doesn't pay.

Lenders were working with down payments dropping to 10, 5 and often 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the last decade. A lender is able to handle the additional risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary plan covers the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the property is lower than what is owed on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI is costly to a borrower. As opposed to a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the damages, PMI is favorable for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay.

Did you have less than 20% to put down on your mortgage? Call Trust Real Estate Appraisal Services PLC today at 616-284-1886 to see if you can cancel your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

How home buyers can avoid bearing the expense 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. The law states that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, keen home owners can get off the hook ahead of time.

Since it can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 80% of the original loan amount, it's important to know how your Michigan home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood might not adhere to national trends and/or your home may have gained equity before things simmered down. So even when nationwide trends indicate decreasing home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The toughest thing for most people to figure out is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, Michigan licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Trust Real Estate Appraisal Services PLC, we're masters at recognizing value trends in Stanwood, Kent County, and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally cancel the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can enjoy the savings from that point on.

The savings from cancelling your PMI pays for the appraisal in no time. Nobody is more qualified than Trust Real Estate Appraisal Services PLC when it comes to appreciating values in Stanwood and Kent County. Contact us today.

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