Why you should order an appraisal
Thousands of people in South Carolina purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more prudent than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful.
Dispute your tax assessment
If you reside in an area where the value of property has 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 challenging your tax assessment.
Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment
When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask home buyers to buy this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Since the additional payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.
If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Amazon Appraisals, LLC will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for 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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Get a fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements
A divorce is a very horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the troublesome decision of who maintains the property. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Amazon Appraisals, LLC, regardless of the situation.
If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.
Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation
The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails 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 utmost degree of discretion.
Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.
Relocate to or from Spartanburg County through an employee relocation program
Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.
Close on your home promptly — 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 more informed decision when determining your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees are calculated 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. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesstay on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable 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.