Why you should get an appraisal from Ascension Appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply one more thing in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. While there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there additional situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy? Of course.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Ascension Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. At Ascension Appraisal, we're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask buyers to take out this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This added payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Ascension Appraisal will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be an especially horrible experience for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the home. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Ascension Appraisal so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they wish 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 assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

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

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth 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 Worcester County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, getting 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.

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