Reasons to get an appraisal from Allatoona Appraisal

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply a line item on the settlement sheet for a mortgage or refinance. And while there are an increasing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear more practical than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful? You bet.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Cobb County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your home, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask home buyers to purchase this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is damaging because PMI is no longer required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Allatoona Appraisal will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can usually be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the property, and it can be a particularly daunting experience for both parties. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Allatoona Appraisal so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they need to sell the home. And 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 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. 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 vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Cobb County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home quickly — for the right price

Whether you choose 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. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We analyze 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 trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what an appropriate 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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