Reasons to consider an appraisal from Allatoona Appraisal

Every year, thousands of people in Georgia purchase, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. Practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal. You might assume that securing a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Dispute 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 based upon a previous assessment of your real estate, so if prices have gone down in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Allatoona Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that most lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Since the additional payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Allatoona Appraisal will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the appraisal can often be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the house, and it can be an especially daunting occurrence for both parties. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Allatoona Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they want 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 evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the utmost degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Cobb County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home promptly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide 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, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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 homes are one the market.

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