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Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Zacour & Associates, Inc. can help you get rid of your PMI.

It's largely known that a 20% down payment is the standard when getting a mortgage. Because the liability for the lender is often only the difference between the home value and the amount remaining on the loan, the 20% provides a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value changeson the chance that a borrower defaults.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the last decade, it was customary to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the added risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental policy protects the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth of the house is lower than what is owed on the loan.

PMI is pricey to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage payment and often isn't even tax deductible. Contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits, PMI is lucrative for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay.

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

How home buyers can prevent bearing the cost of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 obligates the lenders on most loans to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the primary loan amount. The law designates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, acute home owners can get off the hook a little early.

Considering it can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's crucial to know how your home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've gained over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things cooled off, so even when nationwide trends forecast plummeting home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At Zacour & Associates, Inc., we're masters at analyzing value trends in El Paso, El Paso County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally drop the PMI with little effort. At that time, the home owner can retain 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