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Why you should get an appraisal

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be cheaper than an appraisal. You might believe that securing 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 could be helpful.

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Contest your tax assessment in New Castle County

If you are in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Amerappraise, LLC is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance policy that many lenders ask buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Seeing that extra payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often 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 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.

Amerappraise, LLC can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can often be recovered 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 can be a very horrible ordeal for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the property. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Amerappraise, LLC so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home.

If the parties need 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.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee the fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from New Castle County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance 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 price the house sells for. Our fees are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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 stay on the market.

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