Why you should get an appraisal from Astute Appraisals, Inc.

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item on the break-sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that might seem more practical than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? Absolutely.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Howard County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a past assessment of your real estate, so if values have declined in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Astute Appraisals, Inc., we're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask homeowners to take out this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that added payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is no longer required 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 installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Astute Appraisals, Inc. will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and 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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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is an especially traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the home. 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 home, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. And on the flip side, 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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate 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 wealthier individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. And seeing that 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 gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Howard County through an employee relocation program

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. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking 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 price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide 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.

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