Reasons to choose an appraisal from Slater Real Estate Services

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the break-sheet for a home purchase or refinance. And even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be less expensive than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there also situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? You bet.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your house, so if values have declined in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask home owners to buy this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Very often, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Slater Real Estate Services will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can generally be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is a very traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the property. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Slater Real Estate Services, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires 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, ensuring the utmost degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Weld County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you decide 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, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value things 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 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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