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Desert Sky Appraisers can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is usually the standard. Because the risk for the lender is generally only the difference between the home value and the sum due on the loan, the 20% provides a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value fluctuationsin the event a purchaser doesn't pay.

The market was taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender endure the additional risk of the low down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the house is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage payment and generally isn't even tax deductible. It's lucrative for the lender because they secure the money, and they get the money if the borrower is unable to pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the deficits.

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 paying PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 obligates the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. Wise homeowners can get off the hook a little early. The law pledges that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals just 80 percent.

It can take countless years to reach the point where the principal is only 20% of the original loan amount, so it's crucial to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Despite the fact that nationwide trends forecast plunging home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be adopting the national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before things simmered down.

The hardest thing for many homeowners to understand is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Desert Sky Appraisers, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at analyzing value trends in Chandler, Maricopa County and surrounding areas. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often remove the PMI with little effort. At which time, the homeowner can delight in 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