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Let Craggs Appraisal Services, LTD help you decide if you can get rid of your PMI

It's generally inferred that a 20% down payment is common when buying a house. The lender's only risk is usually just the difference between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value changes on the chance that a purchaser doesn't pay.

The market was taking down payments discounted to 10, 5 and frequently 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the last decade. How does a lender manage the increased risk of the small down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI takes care of the lender in case a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the property is lower than the loan balance.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage payment and on many occasions isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. It's money-making for the lender because they obtain the money, and they are covered if the borrower defaults, separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the deficits.

Is PMI a part of your monthly house payment? Call Craggs Appraisal Services, LTD today at 2177781818 or send us an e-mail. A recent appraisal could save you thousands.

How can home owners prevent bearing the expense of PMI?

With the passage of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are obligated to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the initial loan amount on most loans. The law states that, upon request of the homeowner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, savvy home owners can get off the hook a little early.

Considering it can take many years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 80% of the initial loan amount, it's important to know how your Illinois home has appreciated in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards dismissing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood might not adhere to national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things cooled off. So even when nationwide trends signify a reduction in home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

An accredited, Illinois licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners figure out just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a tough thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to recognize the market dynamics of their area. At Craggs Appraisal Services, LTD, we're masters at pinpointing value trends in Champaign, Champaign County, and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally drop the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the home owner can relish the savings from that point on.

Has your home value appreciated since you first purchased? Contact Craggs Appraisal Services, LTD today at 2177781818 to see if you can save money by removing your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

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