6 Reasons to consider an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc.

Thousands of people in Alabama buy, sell or refinance their home every month. A lot of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. Even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear more prudent than an appraisal, most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there other instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? You bet.

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Contest your tax assessment

If you are 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're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that almost all lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Since the added payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is bad because PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can generally be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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

A divorce is often complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the house, and it can be a particularly horrible experience for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc., regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they wish to sell the home. And on the flip side, 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 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 real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the fullest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs, unlike many wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Tuscaloosa County for work

We are familiar with the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price, whether you decide 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 amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide 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.

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