6 Reasons you should order an appraisal from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc.

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be cheaper than an appraisal, most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there more situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful? Absolutely.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Jefferson County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask buyers to buy this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can generally be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is a particularly daunting experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the house. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property.

If the parties wish 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.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires 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 don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Jefferson County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine what improvements will add value and what an applicable 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 are one the market.

Let Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price