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Why you should order an appraisal

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply another cost on the break-sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that might appear to be more prudent than an appraisal. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Barnstable County

If you reside in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask buyers to purchase this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can generally be recovered in little 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 can be a particularly daunting experience for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the house. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a a good 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.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

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

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Barnstable County for work

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at 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 when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses are one the market.

Let Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price