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Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Appraisal Express HI, LLC can help you get rid of your PMI.

It's widely understood that a 20% down payment is common when buying a house. The lender's liability is often only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value variations in the event a purchaser is unable to pay.

Lenders were working with down payments as low as 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to handle the increased risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added plan covers the lender in case a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the property is less than what is owed on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and generally isn't even tax deductible, PMI is costly to a borrower. It's money-making for the lender because they collect the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay, unlike a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the deficits.

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

How home owners can avoid bearing the expense of PMI

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are obligated to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law states that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, acute homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

It can take many years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount of the loan, so it's crucial to know how your home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've accomplished over time counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not be adhering to the national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends hint at declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Appraisal Express HI, LLC, we're masters at identifying value trends in Kihei, Maui County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally do away with the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the homeowner 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