Reasons to order an appraisal from Ascension Appraisal

Every year, thousands of people in Massachusetts purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. And even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Worcester County

It's quite possible 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 house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance policy that almost all lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. This additional payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Ascension Appraisal will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can usually be regained 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 is often complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the home, and it can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Ascension Appraisal so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires 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, ensuring the maximum degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Worcester County for work

We are aware of the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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 homes are one the market.

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