Let Loveland Properties and Appraisal help you figure out if you can get rid of your PMI

A 20% down payment is typically accepted when buying a house. The lender's only risk is often just the difference between the home value and the balance outstanding on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser doesn't pay.

Banks were taking down payments dropping to 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender handle the increased risk of the small down payment? The solution is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the house is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. It's favorable for the lender because they secure the money, and they get paid if the borrower doesn't pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the damages.


Did you have less than 20% to put down on your mortgage? Call Loveland Properties and Appraisal today at 910-850-0089. You may be able to get rid of your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

How can homeowners refrain from bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on the majority of loans to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the primary loan amount. The law stipulates that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, wise homeowners can get off the hook sooner than expected.

It can take many years to get to the point where the principal is only 80% of the initial loan amount, so it's crucial to know how your North Carolina home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've obtained over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends signify decreasing home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things declined.

An accredited, North Carolina licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners figure out just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a tough thing to know. It is an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their area. At Loveland Properties and Appraisal, we're experts at identifying value trends in Fayetteville, Cumberland 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 most often remove the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can enjoy the savings from that point on.


Is PMI something increasing your monthly house payment? Call Loveland Properties and Appraisal today at 910-850-0089 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's current value could save you thousands.

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