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Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Mid-Columbia Appraisal Service, Inc. can help you get rid of your PMI.

A 20% down payment is typically the standard when getting a mortgage. Since the risk for the lender is oftentimes only the difference between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, the 20% supplies a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and typical value variations in the event a purchaser doesn't pay.

The market was working with down payments dropping to 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 low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This additional plan takes care of the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the property is less than the loan balance.

PMI is costly to a borrower in that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible. It's money-making for the lender because they secure the money, and they are covered if the borrower is unable to pay, separate from a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the damages.

Does your monthly house payment have a lineitem for PMI? Call Mid-Columbia Appraisal Service, Inc. today at 5413832881 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's current value could save you thousands.

How can a homebuyer refrain from paying PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 obligates the lenders on most loans to automatically terminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the initial loan amount. Wise homeowners can get off the hook a little early. The law promises that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

Since it can take several years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 80% of the initial amount of the loan, it's important to know how your Oregon home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood might not conform to national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things declined. So even when nationwide trends hint at a reduction in home values, you should know most importantly that real estate is local.

An accredited, Oregon licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners figure out just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point, as it's a hard thing to know. It's an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their area. At Mid-Columbia Appraisal Service, Inc., we're experts at recognizing value trends in Bend, Deschutes County, and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often remove the PMI with little effort. At which time, the home owner can retain the savings from that point on.

Is PMI something increasing your monthly mortgage payment? Call Mid-Columbia Appraisal Service, Inc. today at 5413832881 or send us an e-mail. A new appraisal could save you thousands.

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