Let JC Appraisal LLC help you determine if you can eliminate your PMI

It's widely inferred that a 20% down payment is the standard when purchasing a home. Considering the liability for the lender is usually only the difference between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% provides a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value variations on the chance that a purchaser defaults.

The market was accepting down payments discounted to 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender handle the additional risk of the small down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This additional plan guards the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the property is lower than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. It's lucrative for the lender because they obtain the money, and they receive payment if the borrower doesn't pay, separate from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits.

Does your monthly loan payment include a fee PMI? Call JC Appraisal LLC today at 608-839-7008 or send us an e-mail. A current appraisal could save you thousands.

How homeowners can keep from bearing the expense of PMI

With the passage of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are required to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the beginning loan amount on most loans. The law pledges that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, keen homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time.

It can take several years to arrive at the point where the principal is just 80% of the initial loan amount, so it's crucial to know how your Wisconsin home has appreciated in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not follow national trends and/or your home might have acquired equity before the economy simmered down. So even when nationwide trends predict decreasing home values, you should know most importantly that real estate is local.

The hardest thing for most consumers to determine is whether their home equity has exceeded the 20% point. An accredited, Wisconsin licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. It's an appraiser's job to understand the market dynamics of their area. At JC Appraisal LLC, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at analyzing value trends in Cottage Grove, Rock County, and surrounding areas. When faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually cancel the PMI with little trouble. At which time, the home owner can retain the savings from that point on.

The money you keep from dropping the PMI required when you got your mortgage pays for the appraisal in a matter of months. JC Appraisal LLC stays current with real estate value trends in Cottage Grove and Rock County. Contact us today.

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