Why you should get an appraisal from Ascension Appraisal

Each year, thousands of people in Massachusetts buy, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear cheaper than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume 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.

Let Ascension Appraisal assist you in lowering your mortgage payment

Challenge your tax assessment in Worcester County

It's likely 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 home, so if values have declined in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Ascension Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This added payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is bad because PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Ascension Appraisal can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can often be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

Order your appraisal from Ascension Appraisal today

Order online

Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a very daunting event for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the home. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Ascension Appraisal so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home.

If the parties wish 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.

Ascertain a fair and accurate 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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We guarantee the maximum 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 affairs. 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 significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Worcester County for work

We are familiar with the headaches involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses stay on the market.

Let Ascension Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price