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Let Premier Appraisals, Inc. help you learn if you can eliminate your PMI

A 20% down payment is usually the standard when buying a house. Because the liability for the lender is generally only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, the 20% adds a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value changes in the event a purchaser defaults.

Banks were working with down payments dropping to 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to endure the added risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the house is less than what is owed on the loan.

PMI can be expensive to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits, PMI is beneficial for the lender because they obtain the money, and they get the money if the borrower defaults.


Does your monthly mortgage payment have a lineitem for PMI? Call Premier Appraisals, Inc. today at (516) 523-1216 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's current value could save you thousands.

How can a homeowner keep from bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 obligates the lenders on the majority of loans to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the primary loan amount. The law guarantees that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, smart homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Since it can take several years to reach the point where the principal is just 80% of the original amount of the loan, it's crucial to know how your New York home has increased in value. After all, any appreciation you've achieved over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not follow national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before the economy cooled off. So even when nationwide trends hint at decreasing home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for almost all consumers to determine is whether their home equity has exceeded the 20% point. An accredited, New York licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. It is an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Premier Appraisals, Inc., we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at pinpointing value trends in Sayville, Suffolk County, and surrounding areas. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often eliminate the PMI with little effort. At which time, the home owner can relish the savings from that point on.


Has your home value appreciated since you first purchased? Call Premier Appraisals, Inc. today at (516) 523-1216 to see if you can cancel your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

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