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Why you should get an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc.

To many, an appraisal is simply another cost in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. And while there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices have gone down in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. We're equipped to 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, many lenders ask homeowners to purchase this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this added payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is bad because PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can often 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 fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who gets the house, and it can be a particularly horrible occurrence for both parties. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc., regardless of the situation.

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

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss 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 residential property involved. We ensure the utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Tuscaloosa County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at an accurate 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 price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting 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