6 Reasons to order an appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. Nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the value of property has depreciated, 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 can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask homebuyers to buy this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that additional payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

James Earp Appraisal Service can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can generally be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce can be a very traumatic event for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the property. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service, regardless of the situation.

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

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a painful 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. We ensure the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true value 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 Wake County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding 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 depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 houses stay on the market.

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