6 Reasons to choose an appraisal from Active Appraisal Service

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply another fee on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Almost all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be less expensive than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are additional situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a past assessment of your house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask home buyers to buy this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that additional payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is bad because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Active Appraisal Service will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. 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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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the house, and it can be a particularly traumatic event for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Active Appraisal Service so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate 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 handle these matters. 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 vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Tulsa County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, along with information about any recent 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 will help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable 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.

Let Active Appraisal Service assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price