Reasons to order an appraisal from

Year after year, thousands of people in buy, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more practical than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful? Of course.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Cook County

If you are in an area where property values have declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can often 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 for divorce settlements

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the house, and it can be a very traumatic occurrence for both parties. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from , regardless of the situation.

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

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss 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. We guarantee the utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Cook County for work

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at an accurate price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining 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 a percentage of the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, obtaining 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.

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