Why you should get an appraisal from RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service
To many, an appraisal just looks like another cost on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. Practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy.
Dispute your tax assessment
It's quite possible 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 are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service is your best evidence when building your case. We're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.
Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments
Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Most often, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance 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) that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.
RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
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Get a fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements
A divorce is a very traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the house. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service, regardless of the situation.
The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.
Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation
Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires 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 fullest degree of discretion.
Unlike wealthier 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 a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.
Move to or from Washtenaw County through an employee relocation program
We are aware of the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.
Sell your home quickly — for the right price
Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount 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 extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesare on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable 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.