Reasons to order an appraisal from Prestige Appraisal, LLC

Thousands of people in North Carolina purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. A lot of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more cost-effective than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high. Is getting a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there also instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy? You bet there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment

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're capable of assisting 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 homebuyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This added payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Prestige Appraisal, LLC can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the home valuation can generally be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the property, and it can be an especially traumatic event for both parties. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Prestige Appraisal, LLC, regardless of the circumstances.

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

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 calls for 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 highest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that 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 gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Jackson County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at an accurate price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling 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 complete the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value items 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 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 houses are one the market.

Let Prestige Appraisal, LLC assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price