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Florida Gulf Coast Appraisal Services can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is usually accepted when purchasing a home. The lender's risk is generally only the remainder between the home value and the amount outstanding on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value fluctuations in the event a purchaser is unable to pay.

The market was working with down payments discounted to 10, 5 and frequently 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the last decade. A lender is able to endure the added risk of the small down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the property is lower than the balance of the loan.

PMI can be costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is lumped into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's advantageous for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay, in contrast to a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the costs.


Has your home value appreciated since you first purchased? Call Florida Gulf Coast Appraisal Services today at (239) 770-5144. You may be able to cancel your Private Mortgage Insurance premium.

How can buyers refrain from bearing the expense of PMI?

As a result 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 designates that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount reaches only 80 percent. So, keen homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time.

Because it can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 80% of the original amount borrowed, it's crucial to know how your Florida home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've achieved over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why pay it after your loan balance has dropped below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood may not adhere to national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before things simmered down. So even when nationwide trends predict a reduction in home values, you should know most importantly that real estate is local.

A certified, Florida licensed real estate appraiser can help home owners figure out if their equity has made it to the 20% point, as it's a difficult thing to know. Market dynamics and neighborhood-specific pricing trends are an appraiser's primary job! At Florida Gulf Coast Appraisal Services, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at analyzing value trends in Cape Coral, Lee County, and surrounding areas. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally do away with the PMI with little effort. At which time, the homeowner can enjoy the savings from that point on.


Does your monthly loan payment include a fee for PMI? Call Florida Gulf Coast Appraisal Services today at (239) 770-5144 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's present value could save you thousands.

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