Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Acute Dimensions, LLC can help you get rid of your PMI.

When getting a mortgage, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. The lender's risk is oftentimes only the remainder between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value changes on the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

The market was taking down payments down to 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to manage the additional risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the home is less than the balance of the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. It's beneficial for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get paid if the borrower defaults, unlike a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the losses.

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

How can a home owner keep from bearing the expense of PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are forced to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the primary loan amount. Acute home owners can get off the hook beforehand. The law stipulates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

Considering it can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial loan amount, it's crucial to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Despite the fact that nationwide trends predict plummeting home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be reflecting 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 goes over the 20% point, as it's a tough thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At Acute Dimensions, LLC, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at pinpointing value trends in Chandler, Maricopa County and surrounding areas. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually cancel the PMI with little effort. At that time, the home owner can delight in 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