Reasons to get an appraisal
To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like another cost on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. Even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be cheaper than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy? Of course there are.
Challenge your tax assessment
If you live in an area where the property value has declined, 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 challenging your tax assessment.
PMI removal to reduce a mortgage payment
When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, most lenders ask home owners to take out this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Very often, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress passed 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, David Hesidenz Appraisals can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can usually be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups
A divorce can be a very traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from David Hesidenz Appraisals so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.
The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they need to sell the home. And on the flip side, 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
The loss of a loved one is a painful 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 ensure the fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.
Relocate to or from Butler County through an employee relocation program
Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.
Sell your home quickly — for an accurate price
Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.
We analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 houses are one the market.