Why you should get an appraisal from Appraisal Options, Inc.

To many, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. And even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that might seem more practical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Challenge your tax assessment

It's 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 past assessment of your real estate, so if values have declined 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 qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that most lenders ask homeowners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Since the added payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Appraisal Options, Inc. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can generally be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a particularly traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Appraisal Options, Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And 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 painful 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the utmost degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters. 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 leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Osceola County for work

Employee relocation is 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 area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price. Unlike 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 examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide what improvements will add value and what an applicable 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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