Why you should get an appraisal from West Valley Appraisal Services

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that might seem cheaper than an appraisal. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you live 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 can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, most lenders ask homeowners to take out this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is damaging because PMI is unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, West Valley Appraisal Services can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal 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 a particularly traumatic ordeal for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the property. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from West Valley Appraisal Services, regardless of the situation.

If the parties wish 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.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the fullest 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 worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Maricopa County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. 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 complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine 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 stay on the market.

Let West Valley Appraisal Services assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price