Reasons to hire an appraiser

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. The majority of lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the property value has declined, 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 capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases 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) requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

A. M. Appraisals will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the home valuation can usually be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce can be an especially traumatic ordeal for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the troublesome decision of who keeps the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from A. M. Appraisals so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a good 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 received a fair assessment.

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a hard 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, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

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

Move to or from Lexington County for work

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for an accurate price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. 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, because we're experts in knowing how long homes 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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