Rousek Appraisal Services can help you remove your Private Mortgage Insurance

A 20% down payment is typically the standard when purchasing a home. The lender's risk is usually only the remainder between the home value and the amount due on the loan, so the 20% supplies a nice cushion against the costs of foreclosure, selling the home again, and natural value fluctuations on the chance that a borrower defaults.

Banks were 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 handle the increased risk of the low down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added plan guards the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the home is less than what is owed on the loan.

PMI can be costly to a borrower because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage monthly payment and often isn't even tax deductible. It's lucrative for the lender because they collect the money, and they are covered if the borrower defaults, as opposed to a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the losses.


Does your monthly mortgage payment include a fee PMI? Call Rousek Appraisal Services today at 402 423-8545 or send us an e-mail. Documentation of your home's current value could save you thousands.

How homebuyers can refrain from bearing the cost of PMI

The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 requires the lenders on the majority of loans to automatically eliminate the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the primary loan amount. The law stipulates that, at the request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount equals just 80 percent. So, savvy home owners can get off the hook a little early.

It can take several 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 Nebraska home has appreciated in value. After all, every bit of appreciation you've obtained over the years counts towards abolishing PMI. So why should you pay it after your loan balance has fallen below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends signify lower overall home values, understand that real estate is local. Your neighborhood might not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home may have acquired equity before things declined.

The hardest thing for most consumers to figure out is just when their home's equity goes over the 20% point. A certified, Nebraska licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. Market dynamics and neighborhood-specific pricing trends are an appraiser's primary job! At Rousek Appraisal Services, we're masters at determining value trends in Lincoln, Lancaster County, and surrounding areas, and we know when property values have risen or declined. Faced with figures from an appraiser, the mortgage company will usually do away with the PMI with little anxiety. At that time, the home owner can delight in the savings from that point on.


Has your real estate appreciated since you first purchased? Contact Rousek Appraisal Services today at 402 423-8545. You may be able to get rid of your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

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