Reasons to choose an appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item on the break-sheet for a home sale or refinance. While there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful? You bet.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service is your best evidence when building your case. We're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that most lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This added payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

James Earp Appraisal Service will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the appraisal can often be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is a very daunting event for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the troublesome decision of who keeps the property. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house.

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 received a fair evaluation.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a painful 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the utmost degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't 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 knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from Wake County through an employee relocation program

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

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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 houses stay on the market.

Let James Earp Appraisal Service assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price