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Let Cornerstone Appraisals help you determine if you can get rid of your PMI

A 20% down payment is typically the standard when getting a mortgage. The lender's only risk is typically just the remainder between the home value and the balance due on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and typical value variations on the chance that a purchaser doesn't pay.

During the recent mortgage boom of the mid 2000s, it became widespread to see lenders only asking for down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. A lender is able to endure the added risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI guards the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be expensive 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 lucrative for the lender because they acquire the money, and they receive payment if the borrower doesn't pay, different from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the losses.


Has your home value appreciated since you first purchased? Call Cornerstone Appraisals today at 5754370128. You may be able to cancel your Private Mortgage Insurance premium.

How can home buyers prevent bearing the cost of 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 reaches 78 percent of the original loan amount. Acute homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time. The law designates that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals only 80 percent.

It can take several years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 80% of the original amount borrowed, so it's essential to know how your New Mexico home has appreciated in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've accomplished over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Even when nationwide trends predict lower overall home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be minding the national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before things declined.

A certified, New Mexico licensed real estate appraiser can help homeowners figure out just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to understand the market dynamics of their area. At Cornerstone Appraisals, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at recognizing value trends in Alamogordo, Otero County, and surrounding areas. When faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often remove the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can relish the savings from that point on.


Did you have less than 20% to put down on your mortgage? Contact Cornerstone Appraisals today at 5754370128 to see if you can save money by removing your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

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