Let Greater Wisconsin Appraisal Management LLC help you determine if you can get rid of your PMI

It's generally known that a 20% down payment is accepted when purchasing a home. The lender's risk is generally only the difference between the home value and the sum outstanding on the loan, so the 20% provides a nice buffer against the charges of foreclosure, reselling the home, and natural value variations in the event a purchaser is unable to pay.

Lenders were taking down payments dropping to 10, 5 and even 0 percent during the mortgage boom of the mid 2000s. A lender is able to endure the additional risk of the minimal down payment with Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI. This added policy takes care of the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the property is lower than what is owed on the loan.

Because the $40-$50 a month per $100,000 borrowed is bundled into the mortgage payment and frequently isn't even tax deductible, PMI can be pricey to a borrower. Unlike a piggyback loan where the lender consumes all the damages, PMI is favorable for the lender because they collect the money, and they get the money if the borrower doesn't pay.


Is PMI a lineitem in your monthly house payment? Call Greater Wisconsin Appraisal Management LLC today at (608) 434-6295 or send us an e-mail. A new appraisal could save you thousands.

How can homeowners prevent paying PMI?

With the implementation of The Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, lenders are obligated to automatically cancel the PMI when the principal balance of the loan equals 78 percent of the original loan amount on most loans. Acute home owners can get off the hook ahead of time. The law states that, upon request of the home owner, the PMI must be abandoned when the principal amount reaches just 80 percent.

Since it can take many years to reach the point where the principal is just 80% of the initial amount of the loan, it's essential to know how your Wisconsin home has increased in value. After all, any appreciation you've acquired over the years counts towards dismissing PMI. So why pay it after the balance of your loan has fallen below the 80% mark? Even when nationwide trends indicate falling home values, realize that real estate is local. Your neighborhood may not be reflecting the national trends and/or your home could have secured equity before things simmered down.

The hardest thing for almost all homeowners to determine is whether their home equity has exceeded the 20% point. A certified, Wisconsin licensed real estate appraiser can certainly help. Market dynamics and neighborhood-specific pricing trends are an appraiser's primary job! At Greater Wisconsin Appraisal Management LLC, we know when property values have risen or declined. We're masters at recognizing value trends in La Valle, Sauk County, and surrounding areas. Faced with data from an appraiser, the mortgage company will often cancel the PMI with little anxiety. At which time, the homeowner can enjoy the savings from that point on.


Has your real estate appreciated since you first purchased? Call Greater Wisconsin Appraisal Management LLC today at (608) 434-6295. You may be able to save money by removing your Private Mortgage Insurance payment.

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