Reasons to get an appraisal from

Thousands of people in purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. And even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that may appear more prudent than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that securing a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are additional situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Carolina County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a past assessment of your house, so if values have gone down in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, most lenders ask home owners to take out this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can generally be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be a particularly traumatic event for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the house. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from , regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a good idea of what price to set, if they wish to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We ensure the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Carolina County for work

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what a suitable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time.

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