Let Morrision Singleton help you learn if you can get rid of your PMI

It's widely inferred that a 20% down payment is accepted when buying a house. The lender's liability is usually only the difference between the home value and the balance remaining on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value changes on the chance that a purchaser defaults.

During the recent mortgage upturn that our country recently experienced, it became common to see lenders making deals with down payments of 10, 5 or sometimes 0 percent. How does a lender endure the added risk of the small down payment? The answer is Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. PMI protects the lender in case a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the house is lower than the loan balance.

PMI is costly to a borrower on the grounds that the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is rolled into the mortgage payment and on many occasions isn't even tax deductible. Separate from a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the costs, PMI is lucrative for the lender because they acquire the money, and they receive payment if the borrower is unable to pay.


Does your monthly loan payment include a fee PMI? Call Morrision Singleton today at 919.612.6495 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's present value could save you thousands.

How can home buyers keep from bearing the expense of PMI?

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 makes the lenders on most loans to automatically stop the PMI when the principal balance of the loan reaches 78 percent of the primary loan amount. The law pledges that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, wise home owners can get off the hook sooner than expected.

It can take a significant number of years to get to the point where the principal is just 80% of the original amount of the loan, so it's necessary to know how your North Carolina home has grown in value. After all, any appreciation you've acquired over the years counts towards removing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has dropped below the 80% threshold? Your neighborhood might not adhere to national trends and/or your home could have acquired equity before the economy declined. So even when nationwide trends predict falling home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

The hardest thing for most consumers to figure out is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. An accredited, North Carolina licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. As appraisers, it's our job to understand the market dynamics of our area. At Morrision Singleton, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at identifying value trends in Raleigh, Wake County, and surrounding areas. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often cancel the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the home owner can enjoy the savings from that point on.


The money you keep from getting rid of your PMI pays for the appraisal in a matter of months. Nobody is more qualified than Morrision Singleton when it comes to appreciating values in Raleigh and Wake County. Contact us today.

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