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Reasons to order an appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Group

To many, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might seem more cost-effective than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At ASAP Appraisal Group, we're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that many lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Since the added payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, ASAP Appraisal Group can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is often complicated by the troublesome decision of who maintains the home, and it can be a very traumatic event for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Group, regardless of the situation.

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

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the utmost degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs, unlike many wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Polk County through an employee relocation program

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

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

We determine the difference in value things 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 reliable way to determine what improvements will add value and what an applicable 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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