Why you should order an appraisal
To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply one more thing in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. The majority of 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 may appear to be cheaper than an appraisal. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.
Dispute your tax assessment
If you live in an area where property values have 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 can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.
Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments
Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask home owners to buy when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Very often, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.
If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Appraisal Consultants, Inc. will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can usually be offset in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
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Divorce settlement with less stress
A divorce can be a particularly daunting ordeal for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the property. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Appraisal Consultants, Inc. so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.
If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. 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 death 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 residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.
Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.
Relocate to or from Boulder County through an employee relocation program
Employee relocation is 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 aspects of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.
Close on your home quickly — at an accurate price
A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees rest 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 items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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, because we're experts in knowing how long homes are one the market.