Reasons to order an appraisal from Allatoona Appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply another fee in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more economical than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? You bet there are.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Cobb County

If you are in an area where the value of property has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Allatoona Appraisal, we're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, most lenders ask homeowners to take out this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. More often than not, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires 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, Allatoona Appraisal can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can often be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce can be a particularly horrible ordeal for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the troublesome decision of who maintains the house. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Allatoona Appraisal so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

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 received a fair assessment.

Ascertain an accurate and fair 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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We ensure the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate 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 gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Cobb County for work

We are aware of the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for an accurate 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. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Getting 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 houses are one the market.

Let Allatoona Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price