6 Reasons to consider an appraisal from JLF Appraisals

To many, an appraisal is simply another cost in the long list of items for a home sale 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 practical than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are other situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Fresno County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your real estate, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that many lenders ask homeowners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Oftentimes, this additional payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, JLF Appraisals can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can usually be recovered 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 often complicated by the burdensome decision of who gets the house, and it can be a very daunting occurrence for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from JLF Appraisals so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home.

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

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

Losing 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, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Fresno 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. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics 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 can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help 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 and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 homes stay on the market.

Let JLF Appraisals help you sell your home quickly at the right price