Lake Area Appraisal Firm can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

When getting a mortgage, a 20%-23% down payment is usually the standard. Considering the risk for the lender is generally only the remainder between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value fluctuations in the event a borrower is unable to pay.

If you down payment was be below the standard 20%-23%, a lender is able to endure the added risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental plan protects the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and often isn't even tax deductible. Instead of a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the deficits, PMI is money-making for the lender because they obtain the money, and they are covered if the borrower defaults.

Does your monthly house payment include a fee PMI? Call Lake Area Appraisal Firm today at 337-274-0856 or send us an e-mail. A new appraisal could save you thousands.

How home buyers can refrain from paying PMI

With the implementation 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 beginning loan amount on most loans. The law states that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, keen homeowners can get off the hook a little early.

It can take a significant number of years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 80% of the original amount borrowed, so it's important to know how your Louisiana home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends signify decreasing home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be minding the national trends and/or your home might have gained equity before things simmered down.

The toughest thing for almost all people to determine is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. An accredited, Louisiana licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. Market dynamics and neighborhood-specific pricing trends are an appraiser's primary job! At Lake Area Appraisal Firm, we're masters at pinpointing value trends in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often remove the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can retain the savings from that point on.

The savings from dropping your PMI will make up for the cost of the appraisal in a matter of months. Lake Area Appraisal Firm has years of experience with real estate value trends in Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish. Contact us today.

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