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DANIEL I KANDEL can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is typically the standard when purchasing a home. Because the risk for the lender is usually only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, the 20% adds a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, selling the home again, and regular value fluctuationson the chance that a borrower defaults.

The market was taking down payments down to 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the last decade. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the worth 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 rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and generally isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. Opposite from a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the damages, PMI is favorable for the lender because they secure the money, and they receive payment if the borrower defaults.

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

How can buyers keep from bearing the cost of PMI?

With the employment of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, on most loans lenders are obligated to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. The law promises that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent. So, acute home owners can get off the hook a little earlier.

Because it can take countless years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 20% of the original amount of the loan, it's crucial to know how your home has increased in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards removing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends indicate declining home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be heeding the national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before things cooled off.

A certified, 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 recognizing value trends in Weston/Ft. Lauderdale, Broward 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 generally drop the PMI with little effort. At which time, the homeowner can delight in 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