Why you should hire an appraiser

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. Nearly all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be cheaper than an appraisal. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are other instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Challenge your tax assessment

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices have gone down in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Active Appraisal Service, we're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, most lenders ask home buyers to buy this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Active Appraisal Service can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can usually be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the property, and it can be a very traumatic event for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Active Appraisal Service, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult 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. We guarantee the utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Stanislaus County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home quickly — at 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 can help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. 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 analyze the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. 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 properties stay on the market.

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