Reasons to get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply a line item on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. And even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more economical than an appraisal, most lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? Of course there are.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Tuscaloosa County

If you are in an area where property values have declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask homeowners to buy when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Seeing that added payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can generally be offset 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 horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the house. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home.

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

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails 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 highest degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven 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 gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Tuscaloosa County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling 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 rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

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