Reasons to order an appraisal from DRB Appraisal

To many, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. Even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be cheaper than an appraisal, almost all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there other cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy? Absolutely.

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Contest your tax assessment in Blackford 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 DRB Appraisal 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

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, almost all lenders ask homeowners to buy this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this additional payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is bad because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, DRB Appraisal can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the house, and it can be a very traumatic event for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from DRB Appraisal so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

If the parties need 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 gotten a fair assessment.

Determine 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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We ensure 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 wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Blackford County through an employee relocation program

We understand the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at an accurate price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price. 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 are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what a suitable 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.

Let DRB Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price