Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Branam's, Inc. Real Estate can help you get rid of your PMI.

It's typically inferred that a 20% down payment is the standard when purchasing a home. The lender's liability is usually only the remainder between the home value and the sum remaining on the loan, so the 20% adds a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value changes in the event a purchaser doesn't pay.

The market was taking down payments dropping to 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. How does a lender manage the increased risk of the small down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI covers the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan.

PMI is costly to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage monthly payment and many times isn't even tax deductible. It's lucrative for the lender because they collect the money, and they receive payment if the borrower is unable to pay, as opposed to a piggyback loan where the lender takes in all the deficits.


Is PMI included in your monthly house payment? Call Branam's, Inc. Real Estate today at (785) 364-2606 or send us an e-mail. A new appraisal could save you thousands.

How can a buyer prevent bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 forces the lenders on the majority of loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the beginning loan amount. Acute homeowners can get off the hook ahead of time. The law states that, at the request of the homeowner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

Since it can take a significant number of years to get to the point where the principal is just 80% of the original amount borrowed, it's important to know how your Kansas home has grown in value. After all, all of the appreciation you've obtained over time counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends predict falling home values, be aware that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be adopting the national trends and/or your home might have secured equity before things declined.

A certified, Kansas 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 is an appraiser's job to understand the market dynamics of their area. At Branam's, Inc. Real Estate, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're experts at pinpointing value trends in Holton, Jackson County, and surrounding areas. When faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally do away with the PMI with little trouble. At that time, the home owner can relish the savings from that point on.


Does your monthly house payment include a fee for PMI? Call Branam's, Inc. Real Estate today at (785) 364-2606 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