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DANIEL I KANDEL can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is typically accepted when purchasing a home. The lender's liability is oftentimes only the remainder between the home value and the sum due on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value changes on the chance that a purchaser defaults.

The market was taking down payments as low as 10, 5 and often 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to endure the increased risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value 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 compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and generally isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be pricey to a borrower. It's money-making for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get the money if the borrower defaults, contradictory to a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs.

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

How can homeowners refrain from paying PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on nearly all loans to automatically cease the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Wise homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time. The law designates that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be released when the principal amount equals just 80 percent.

It can take many years to get to the point where the principal is just 20% of the initial amount of the loan, so it's essential to know how your home has increased in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've acquired over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood might not be following the national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before things simmered down, so even when nationwide trends signify declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

A certified, licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners understand just when their home's equity goes over 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 DANIEL I KANDEL, we're experts at pinpointing 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 most often remove the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the home owner 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