Reasons to order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc.

Year after year, thousands of people in Alabama buy, sell or refinance their home. A lot of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. And even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more economical than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there other cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? Of course.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your real estate, so if values are less than what they used to be 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 capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, most lenders ask home buyers to purchase this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a very traumatic event for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the hard decision of who maintains the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a better 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.

Determine 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 calls for 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 don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Tuscaloosa County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — for an accurate price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees are based 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 extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking 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 properties are one the market.

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