Why you should get an appraisal

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the break-sheet for a home sale or refinance. Nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are other cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's possible 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 past assessment of your house, so if prices have declined in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask homebuyers to take out this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

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

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the property, and it can be a very horrible experience for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they want 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.

Ascertain 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 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, guaranteeing the maximum degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs, unlike wealthier individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Hillsborough County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Close on your home promptly — 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 better educated decision when determining your asking price. 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 calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

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 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 homes stay on the market.

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