Let Affordable Appraisals help you determine if you can eliminate your PMI

It's widely known that a 20% down payment is common when buying a house. The lender's only liability is generally just the remainder between the home value and the sum due on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser defaults.

Banks were taking down payments discounted to 10, 5 and often 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. A lender is able to endure the added risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than the loan balance.

PMI is costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's beneficial for the lender because they secure the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs.


Is PMI included in your monthly mortgage payment? Call Affordable Appraisals today at 4178334643 or send us an e-mail. A new appraisal could save you thousands.

How homeowners can refrain from bearing the cost of PMI

With the passage of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are obligated to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount on nearly all loans. Acute home owners can get off the hook beforehand. The law designates that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

Because it can take several years to reach the point where the principal is just 80% of the original loan amount, it's important to know how your Missouri home has appreciated in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends forecast declining home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things declined.

The hardest thing for most consumers to determine is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. An accredited, Missouri licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. It's an appraiser's job to know the market dynamics of their area. At Affordable Appraisals, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at recognizing value trends in Springfield, Greene County, and surrounding areas. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often remove the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the home owner can retain the savings from that point on.


The amount you keep from getting rid of the PMI required when you got your mortgage pays for the appraisal in no time. Affordable Appraisals has years of experience with real estate value trends in Springfield and Greene County. Contact us today.

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