Why you should hire an appraiser

Thousands of people in Alabama buy, sell or refinance their home each year. Many of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. Nearly all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more prudent than an appraisal. You might assume that securing 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 could come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. At Shamrock Appraisals, Inc., we're capable of assisting you in challenging 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, almost all lenders ask homebuyers to take out this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Very often, this extra payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the appraisal can often be offset in little 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 event for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Ascertain a fair and accurate 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 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 fullest degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Tuscaloosa County for work

We are aware of the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses stay on the market.

Let Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price