Have equity in your home? Want a lower payment? An appraisal from Stern & Dragoset Appraisal Group can help you get rid of your PMI.

When buying a house, a 20% down payment is typically the standard. Since the liability for the lender is generally only the difference between the home value and the amount due on the loan, the 20% adds a nice cushion against the expenses of foreclosure, reselling the home, and regular value variations on the chance that a purchaser is unable to pay.

Banks were working with down payments discounted to 10, 5 and even 0 percent in the peak of last decade's mortgage boom. A lender is able to manage the increased risk of the reduced down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added plan guards the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the home is lower than what is owed on the loan.

Since the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is compiled into the mortgage monthly payment and oftentimes isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be costly to a borrower. As opposed to a piggyback loan where the lender absorbs all the costs, PMI is money-making for the lender because they acquire the money, and they get paid if the borrower is unable to pay.


The savings from cancelling your PMI will make up for the cost of the appraisal in no time. Nobody is more qualified than Stern & Dragoset Appraisal Group when it comes to appreciating values in the city of Woodbridge and Middlesex County. Contact us today.

How can a buyer keep from bearing the expense of PMI?

With the passage of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are required 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 promises that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be dropped when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, keen homeowners can get off the hook a little early.

It can take a significant number of years to arrive at the point where the principal is only 80% of the initial loan amount, so it's crucial to know how your New Jersey home has appreciated in value. After all, any appreciation you've gained over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Your neighborhood may not adhere to national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before the economy simmered down. So even when nationwide trends forecast declining home values, you should realize that real estate is local.

The difficult thing for most consumers to figure out is just when their home's equity rises above the 20% point. A certified, New Jersey licensed real estate appraiser can definitely help. It is an appraiser's job to keep up with the market dynamics of their area. At Stern & Dragoset Appraisal Group, we're masters at recognizing value trends in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with information from an appraiser, the mortgage company will generally do away with the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the homeowner can enjoy the savings from that point on.


Is PMI something increasing your monthly mortgage payment? Call Stern & Dragoset Appraisal Group today at 7326345525 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