Reasons to consider an appraisal from Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like another cost in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more economical than an appraisal. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services is your best evidence when building your case. At Barnstable/Plymouth Appraisal Services, we're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask home buyers to buy this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that added payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is damaging because PMI is no longer required when the remainder 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) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI payments 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 expense of the appraisal can often be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce can be a very daunting event for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the home. 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 house, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties wish 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 gotten a fair evaluation.

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for 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 maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal 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 received an honest deal.

Move to or from County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home promptly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are based 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. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 are one the market.

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