Reasons to order an appraisal from DRB Appraisal

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. The majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more economical than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there more instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful? You bet.

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Contest your tax assessment in Blackford County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from DRB Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask home buyers to buy this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

DRB Appraisal can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of 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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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is a particularly daunting ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the hard decision of who gets the home. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from DRB Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need 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 assessment.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the utmost degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. And since 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 leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Blackford County for work

We are aware of the stress associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell 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 better educated decision regarding your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesare on the market. So, 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.

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