Let Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. take care of your appraisal needs

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply another cost on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be less expensive than an appraisal. 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 could be beneficial.

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Challenge 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 declined. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your home, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, 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 challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, most lenders ask home owners to buy this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this extra payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfortunate 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 United States Congress invoked 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.

Shamrock Appraisals, Inc. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can usually be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is an especially daunting experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the property. 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 home.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

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

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate 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 for work

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

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price, whether you decide 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 aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses stay on the market.

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