Why you should get an appraisal from JLF Appraisals

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. And while there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more prudent than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Fresno County

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

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, nearly all lenders ask home owners to buy this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Very often, this extra payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

JLF Appraisals can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often be offset 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 is a particularly traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the property. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from JLF Appraisals, 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 if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate 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).

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Fresno County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

Whether you want 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 when determining your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesstay 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.

Let JLF Appraisals assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price