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Let The August Group Inc. help you discover if you can cancel your PMI

A 20% down payment is usually the standard when buying a house. The lender's liability is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser doesn't pay.

The market was working with down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender handle the added risk of the low down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender in case a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI is costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible. Opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the damages, PMI is beneficial for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get paid if the borrower is unable to pay.

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

How homeowners can keep from bearing the cost of PMI

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law promises that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, savvy homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time.

It can take countless years to get to the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial amount borrowed, so it's crucial to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Despite the fact that nationwide trends forecast declining home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be adopting the national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things settled down.

The difficult thing for almost all homeowners to understand is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our area. At The August Group Inc., we're experts at identifying value trends in St Louis, Saint Louis 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 remove the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the home owner can enjoy 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

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