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DANIEL I KANDEL can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's widely understood that a 20% down payment is the standard when getting a mortgage. Because 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 buffer against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value variationson the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

During the recent mortgage upturn of the last decade, it was customary to see lenders commanding down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. A lender is able to manage the added risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplementary policy covers the lender in case a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the home is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI is pricey to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. It's beneficial for the lender because they acquire the money, and they receive payment if the borrower doesn't pay, separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the damages.

Does your monthly mortgage payment include PMI? Contact us, you may be able to save money by removing your PMI.

How can a homeowner avoid bearing the expense of PMI?

With the utilization of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on nearly all loans lenders are required to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. The law designates that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, wise homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Considering it can take many years to reach the point where the principal is only 20% of the initial loan amount, it's important to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've gained over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends forecast plummeting home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before things settled down.

An accredited, licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners understand just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. As appraisers, it's our job to recognize the market dynamics of our area. At DANIEL I KANDEL, we're experts at identifying value trends in Weston/Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often eliminate the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the homeowner can retain the savings from that point on.

Want to learn more about PMI and the Homeowners Protection Act? Click this link:
Cancellation of Private Mortgage Insurance: Federal Law May Save You Hundreds of Dollars Each Year