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Robert Ensminger Appraisers & Ensminger Auctioneers can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is usually the standard when getting a mortgage. Considering the liability for the lender is usually only the remainder between the home value and the sum due on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value fluctuations on the chance that a purchaser defaults.

During the recent mortgage upturn that our country recently experienced, it was widespread to see lenders only asking for down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. A lender is able to handle the additional risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This additional policy covers the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the property is lower than what is owed on the loan.

PMI can be pricey to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible. It's profitable for the lender because they collect the money, and they are covered if the borrower doesn't pay, in contrast to a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the deficits.

Does your monthly mortgage payment have a lineitem for PMI? Call Robert Ensminger Appraisers & Ensminger Auctioneers today at 717-652-4111 or send us an e-mail. A new appraisal could save you thousands.

How can a homebuyer refrain from bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 obligates the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law guarantees that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals only 80 percent. So, keen homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Since it can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 80% of the original loan amount, it's necessary to know how your Pennsylvania home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've obtained 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% mark? Your neighborhood may not conform to national trends and/or your home may have gained equity before the economy declined. So even when nationwide trends predict decreasing home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

A certified, Pennsylvania licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners figure out just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At Robert Ensminger Appraisers & Ensminger Auctioneers, we're masters at analyzing value trends in Harrisburg, Dauphin 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 do away with the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can delight in the savings from that point on.

Is PMI something increasing your monthly mortgage payment? Call Robert Ensminger Appraisers & Ensminger Auctioneers today at 717-652-4111 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