Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from James Appraisal Company can help you get rid of your PMI.

It's typically known that a 20% down payment is accepted when getting a mortgage. Since the liability for the lender is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the sum due on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value changes on the chance that a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the mid 2000s, it became customary to see lenders making deals with down payments of 10, 5 or often 0 percent. How does a lender endure the added risk of the low down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added plan guards the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the house is lower than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. It's beneficial for the lender because they collect the money, and they are covered if the borrower doesn't pay, as opposed to a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs.

Is PMI a lineitem in your monthly mortgage payment? Call James Appraisal Company today at 9182617445 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's present value could save you thousands.

How home owners can prevent bearing the expense of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 obligates the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law states that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, acute home owners can get off the hook sooner than expected.

It can take several years to reach the point where the principal is only 80% of the original loan amount, so it's necessary to know how your Oklahoma home has appreciated in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not conform to national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before the economy declined. So even when nationwide trends predict declining home values, you should know most importantly that real estate is local.

The toughest thing for almost all people to determine is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, Oklahoma licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. It is an appraiser's job to know the market dynamics of their area. At James Appraisal Company, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at recognizing value trends in Sand Springs, Osage County, and surrounding areas. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually cancel the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner can delight in the savings from that point on.

Is PMI a part of your monthly house payment? Call James Appraisal Company today at 918-261-7445 or send us an e-mail. A new appraisal could save you thousands.

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