Reasons to order an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc.

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Nearly all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Howard County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your house, so if values have gone down in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Most often, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly 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 unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Astute Appraisals, Inc. will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can usually be regained in a short amount of 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 challenging decision of who gets the home, and it can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for 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 fullest degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike 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 received a fair deal.

Move to or from Howard County for work

We know the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for 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, unlike 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 determine the difference in value things like an additional 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 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.

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