Reasons to get an appraisal

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply another cost in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Nearly all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal. You might think that securing a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Challenge your tax assessment

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your house, so if values have gone down in your neighborhood, you can challenge 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

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance plan that almost all lenders ask homebuyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This additional payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can generally be offset 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 can be a particularly daunting event for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the hard decision of who gets the property. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We guarantee the fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Tuscaloosa County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Unlike 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 depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We examine 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, getting 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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