6 Reasons to choose an appraisal from J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT

To many, an appraisal is simply one more thing in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear less expensive than an appraisal. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

Let J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT assist you in lowering your mortgage payment

Contest 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 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 qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. More often than not, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can generally be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is a very daunting experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT so both parties are entirely 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.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing 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, guaranteeing the fullest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Ouachita County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in setting up 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 regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home promptly — for 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 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 are based 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 things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide what improvements will add value and what an appropriate 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 help you sell your home quickly at the right price