Reasons to order an appraisal from Herrin Appraisal Company
To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like another fee on the settlement sheet for a mortgage or refinance. While there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more practical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there additional instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy? Of course there are.
Contest your tax assessment
If you reside in an area where the property value has depreciated, 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 appealing your tax assessment.
PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment
Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance plan that many lenders ask home owners to buy when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Most often, this added payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is damaging because PMI becomes unnecessary 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 do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.
Herrin Appraisal Company can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can often be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups
A divorce is a particularly traumatic ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the house. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Herrin Appraisal Company so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.
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 received a fair assessment.
Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation
Losing 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 real estate involved. We ensure the maximum degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters. And seeing that 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 vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.
Move to or from Forsyth County through an employee relocation program
Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.
Sell your home quickly — for the right 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. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.
We determine 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 determine 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 properties stay on the market.
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