Reasons to get an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc.

Year after year, thousands of people in Maryland buy, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. The majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more prudent than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are other situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Howard County

If you live in an area where property values have depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that most lenders ask buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Since the added payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Astute Appraisals, Inc. will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can generally be recovered in little time 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 is a very traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the property. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And on the flip side, 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 loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for 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, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthier 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, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Howard County through an employee relocation program

We understand the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing an accommodating 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 new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at an accurate 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 regarding your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, seeking 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.

Let Astute Appraisals, Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price