6 Reasons you should order an appraisal from AnDel Appraisals

Each year, thousands of people in Illinois buy, sell or refinance their home. A lot of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal, practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might assume that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Cook County

If you reside in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that most lenders ask homebuyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Since the additional payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't necessary 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 United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, AnDel Appraisals can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of 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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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be an especially daunting ordeal for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the house. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from AnDel Appraisals, regardless of the situation.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. 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

The loss 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 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).

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Cook County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of 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 reliable 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market.

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