Let Active Appraisal Services, Inc. help you learn if you can get rid of your PMI

It's typically known that a 20% down payment is the standard when getting a mortgage. Since the liability for the lender is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value fluctuations in the event a borrower is unable to pay.

The market was working with down payments discounted to 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the last decade. A lender is able to handle the additional risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the house is less than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible. It's beneficial for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get the money if the borrower is unable to pay, unlike a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the losses.

Did you have less than 20% to put down on your mortgage? Call Active Appraisal Services, Inc. today at 414-321-5505 to see if you can get rid of your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

How buyers can keep from bearing the cost of PMI

As a result of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are obligated to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the original loan amount on most loans. Wise home owners can get off the hook a little early. The law pledges that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent.

It can take a significant number of years to get to the point where the principal is only 80% of the original loan amount, so it's important to know how your Wisconsin home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've gained over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends hint at 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 cooled off.

The hardest thing for almost all people to figure out is whether their home equity has exceeded the 20% point. An accredited, Wisconsin licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. It's an appraiser's job to understand the market dynamics of their area. At Active Appraisal Services, Inc., we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at identifying value trends in Milwalkee, Milwaukee County, and surrounding areas. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often remove the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner can delight in the savings from that point on.

The savings from dropping your PMI pays for the appraisal in a matter of months. Nobody is more qualified than Active Appraisal Services, Inc. when it comes to appreciating values in Milwalkee and Milwaukee County. Contact us today.

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