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Why you should get an appraisal from Appraisal First, Inc.

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. And while there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that may appear more economical than an appraisal, practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there more instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? Absolutely.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Greene County

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a past 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 Appraisal First, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, nearly all lenders ask buyers to take out this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls 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) requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Appraisal First, Inc. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who keeps the property, and it can be a very horrible event for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Appraisal First, Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property 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 do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues, unlike wealthier individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Greene County through an employee relocation program

We are familiar with the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine what improvements will add value and what a suitable 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.

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