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Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Price Appraisals & Realty, LLC can help you get rid of your PMI.

A 20% down payment is typically accepted when getting a mortgage. The lender's risk is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value changes in the event a purchaser doesn't pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the last decade, it was widespread to see lenders requiring down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. How does a lender manage the additional risk of the small down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added policy takes care of the lender in case a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the worth of the house is lower than the balance of the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and generally isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be expensive to a borrower. It's advantageous for the lender because they obtain the money, and they receive payment if the borrower defaults, opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the damages.

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 paying PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are forced to automatically cancel 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 a little early. The law promises that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

Considering it can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount of the loan, it's crucial to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things settled down, so even when nationwide trends hint at plummeting home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity rises above 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 Price Appraisals & Realty, LLC, we're experts at recognizing value trends in Lakeway, Travis County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often eliminate the PMI with little effort. At that time, the homeowner can relish 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