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To many, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. Practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy? Of course there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment

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 based upon a past assessment of your real estate, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At JLF Appraisals, we're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, most lenders ask homebuyers to buy this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. More often than not, this extra payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, JLF Appraisals will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can generally be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is a very daunting event for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the property. 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 house, regardless of the situation.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a a good 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.

Determine 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 calls for 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 fullest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Fresno County for work

We understand the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive 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 asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 homes stay on the market.

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