Edwards Appraisal Service, Inc. can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's widely known that a 20% down payment is common when purchasing a home. Since the liability for the lender is generally only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser doesn't pay.

The market was working with down payments dropping to 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender manage the added risk of the small down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This additional plan takes care of the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the home is lower than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and on many occasions isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be pricey to a borrower. It's lucrative for the lender because they secure the money, and they are covered if the borrower doesn't pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the damages.


Has your home value appreciated since you first purchased? Call Edwards Appraisal Service, Inc. today at (919) 778-0970. You may be able to save money by removing your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

How buyers can prevent bearing the cost of PMI

As a result of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are required to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount on most loans. Smart homeowners can get off the hook beforehand. The law states that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

It can take several years to reach the point where the principal is only 80% of the original amount borrowed, so it's essential to know how your North Carolina home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends predict declining home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be following the national trends and/or your home could have gained equity before things cooled off.

The difficult thing for almost all people to figure out is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. An accredited, North Carolina licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. Market dynamics and neighborhood-specific pricing trends are an appraiser's primary job! At Edwards Appraisal Service, Inc., we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at pinpointing value trends in Goldsboro, Wayne County, and surrounding areas. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally drop the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the homeowner can enjoy the savings from that point on.


Has your home value appreciated since you first purchased? Call Edwards Appraisal Service, Inc. today at (919) 778-0970. You may be able to get rid of your Private Mortgage Insurance premium.

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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