Reasons to hire an appraiser

To many, an appraisal is simply a line item on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be less expensive than an appraisal. You might think that securing a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where the property value has depreciated, 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 equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, most lenders ask home owners to take out this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. More often than not, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is damaging because PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress 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, JLF Appraisals can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can usually be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce can be an especially horrible event for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the home. It's a good idea to order 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 want to sell the home, they'll have a a good 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 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 residential property involved. We guarantee the fullest 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 issues, unlike many wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal 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 gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Fresno County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why 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 about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

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

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