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Why you should order an appraisal

Thousands of people in Florida purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. A lot of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. Even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear less expensive than an appraisal, practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there other cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy? You bet there are.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Group is your best evidence when building your case. We're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask buyers to buy this extra insurance plan. 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 is no longer required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, ASAP Appraisal Group will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the appraisal can usually be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is an especially horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the house. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from ASAP Appraisal Group so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

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

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult 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 take care of these matters, unlike wealthier individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Polk 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. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses stay on the market.

Let ASAP Appraisal Group help you sell your home quickly at the right price