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6 Reasons you should order an appraisal from Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the break-sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Most lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Barnstable County

It's quite possible 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 home, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services, we're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance plan that most lenders ask buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This additional payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes 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 eliminate PMI, Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the appraisal can often be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the house, and it can be an especially horrible ordeal for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, 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.

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

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property 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 don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike wealthier individuals. 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 significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from Barnstable County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

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

Let Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services help you sell your home quickly at the right price