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Reasons to get an appraisal from Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply another cost on the settlement sheet for a mortgage or refinance. And while there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more economical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your house, so if prices have declined in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask buyers to take out this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this additional payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments 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 expense of the home valuation can generally be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the house. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services, regardless of the situation.

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

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

Losing 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 real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Barnstable County through an employee relocation program

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home quickly — 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 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 are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We examine 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 homesstay on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide what improvements will add value and what an appropriate sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time.

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