Why you should get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply another cost on the break-sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that might seem more prudent than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful? Of course there are.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the value of property has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT is your best evidence when building your case. At J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT, we're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, almost all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the appraisal can often be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be an especially traumatic ordeal for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the home. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home.

If the parties wish 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 gotten a fair evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires 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 wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value 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 Ouachita County through an employee relocation program

We know the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you choose 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 are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price