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Sean W. Hollis Appraisals (256)476-5823 can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

It's largely known that a 20% down payment is accepted when purchasing a home. Since the risk for the lender is generally only the difference between the home value and the amount due on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value fluctuations in the event a borrower defaults.

The market was working with 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 additional risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This supplemental plan takes care of the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the worth of the house is less than the loan balance.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and on many occasions isn't even tax deductible, PMI is pricey to a borrower. Different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the losses, PMI is favorable for the lender because they secure the money, and they receive payment if the borrower defaults.


The money you keep from dropping your PMI will make up for the price of the appraisal in no time. Sean W. Hollis Appraisals (256)476-5823 has years of experience with value trends in the city of Decatur and Morgan County. Contact us today.

How can homebuyers prevent paying PMI?

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are forced to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount on nearly all loans. Acute homeowners can get off the hook a little earlier. The law designates that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

It can take many years to reach the point where the principal is only 80% of the original amount of the loan, so it's essential to know how your Alabama home has appreciated in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So what's the reason for paying it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not adhere to national trends and/or your home may have gained equity before things cooled off. So even when nationwide trends hint at declining home values, you should understand that real estate is local.

The hardest thing for most home owners to figure out is just when their home's equity goes over if their home equity has exceeded the 20% point. A certified, Alabama licensed real estate appraiser can surely help. As appraisers, it's our job to know the market dynamics of our area. At Sean W. Hollis Appraisals (256)476-5823, we're experts at determining value trends in Decatur, Morgan County, and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will most often drop the PMI with little effort. At that time, the home owner can retain the savings from that point on.


Does your monthly loan payment have a lineitem for PMI? Call Sean W. Hollis Appraisals (256)476-5823 today at (256) 476-5823 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's present worth could save you thousands.

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