Reasons to get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal just looks like another fee on the break-sheet for a home sale or refinance. And while there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that might seem cheaper than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Challenge your tax assessment

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your home, so if prices have gone down in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc ., we're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a 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 buyers to take out this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress implemented 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.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the home, and it can be a particularly traumatic ordeal for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture 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 gotten a fair evaluation.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a difficult 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. We guarantee 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 take care of these issues, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth 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 Hillsborough County for work

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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 properties are one the market.

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