Why you should get an appraisal from Landrea Appraisals
Each year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania purchase, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that may seem cheaper than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there additional situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? Of course.
Appeal your tax assessment
It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.
Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment
When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask homeowners to take out this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that added payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress that requires lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.
Landrea Appraisals will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can usually be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
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Divorce settlement with less stress
A divorce is a very daunting ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the home. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Landrea Appraisals, regardless of the situation.
If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.
Ascertain a fair and accurate 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 real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the utmost degree of discretion.
Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate 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 gotten a fair deal.
Relocate to or from Cumberland County through an employee relocation program
Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.
Sell your home quickly — at an accurate price
A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike 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 complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.
On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties are one the market.