Let Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. handle your appraisal needs

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the settlement sheet for a mortgage or refinance. While there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that might appear less expensive than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might think that securing a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your home, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. Very often, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is damaging because PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to dismiss 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. will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can generally be recovered 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 for divorce settlements

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the property, and it can be an especially traumatic occurrence for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they need 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 assessment.

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires 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 maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. 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 received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Tuscaloosa County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. 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 an applicable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time.

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