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Let Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services serve your appraisal needs

Year after year, thousands of people in Massachusetts purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear less expensive than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there additional instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? Of course there are.

Let Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services help you lower your mortgage payment

Challenge your tax assessment in Barnstable 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 neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask homeowners to buy this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is bad because PMI is unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can often be recovered in just a few months 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 an especially daunting event for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they need to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

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. We ensure 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 don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues, unlike many wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing 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 Barnstable County through an employee relocation program

We understand the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage 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 during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home promptly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. 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, because we're experts in knowing how long homes are one the market.

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