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Why you should hire an appraiser

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the break-sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear cheaper than an appraisal. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your house, so if prices have declined in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Appraisal House, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. We're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance policy that most lenders ask homeowners to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. Oftentimes, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is bad because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Appraisal House, Inc. will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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

A divorce can be a very traumatic event for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the property. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Appraisal House, Inc., regardless of the situation.

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

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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We ensure 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 handle these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Okaloosa 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 encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value things like an extra 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 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 stay on the market.

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