Let ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. handle your appraisal needs
Thousands of people in Arizona buy, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that may seem cheaper than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are additional situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.
Challenge your tax assessment
It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. At ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc., we're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.
Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments
When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, almost all lenders ask home buyers to buy this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This added payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.
If you'd like to do away with PMI, ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can usually be offset in little time 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 more complicated by the burdensome decision of who gets the house. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Services, Inc. so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.
The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they need 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.
Fair and accurate estate liquidation
The death of a loved one is a painful 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 fullest degree of discretion.
Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. 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 essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.
Relocate to or from Maricopa County for work
Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.
Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price
Whether you choose 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 when determining your asking price. Apart from 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.
We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine 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 houses are one the market.