Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Matanzas Appraisal of Volusia, Inc. can help you get rid of your PMI.

A 20% down payment is usually accepted when getting a mortgage. The lender's only exposure is generally just the remainder between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value fluctuations on the chance that a borrower is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage boom that our country recently experienced, it was widespread to see lenders making deals with down payments of 10, 5, 3 or often 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the added risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added plan covers the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be pricey to a borrower. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the losses, PMI is beneficial for the lender because they obtain the money, and they receive payment if the borrower doesn't pay.


Is PMI a part of your monthly house payment? Call Matanzas Appraisal of Volusia, Inc. today at 386-760-9599 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's current value could save you thousands.

How can a homebuyer avoid bearing the expense of PMI?

As a result of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are required to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the original loan amount on nearly all loans. The law pledges that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, smart homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time.

Considering it can take several years to reach the point where the principal is just 80% of the original amount borrowed, it's crucial to know how your Florida home has increased in value. After all, any appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends forecast declining home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home may have secured equity before things declined.

The hardest thing for most consumers to figure out is whether their home equity has exceeded the 20% point. A certified, Florida licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. Market dynamics and neighborhood-specific pricing trends are an appraiser's primary job! At Matanzas Appraisal of Volusia, Inc., we're masters at recognizing value trends in Port Orange, Volusia 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 most often eliminate the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can delight in the savings from that point on.


Has your real estate appreciated since you first purchased? Call Matanzas Appraisal of Volusia, Inc. today at 386-760-9599 to see if you can get rid of your Private Mortgage Insurance premium.

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