Let A. M. Appraisals handle your appraisal needs

To many, an appraisal is simply another cost on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. And even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that may appear more economical than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume that securing a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Contest your tax assessment in Lexington County

If you reside in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. Very often, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. 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.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, A. M. Appraisals will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally 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 a very horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the home. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from A. M. Appraisals, regardless of the circumstances.

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

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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee the maximum degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Lexington County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why 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 characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help 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 depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We examine the difference in value items 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 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 properties stay on the market.

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Do you need some extra cash?

We can determine the value of your property so that the bank or mortgage company of your choice will know how much money to loan you. This is typically an essential step in the loan process.

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