Let West Michigan Appraisal take care of your appraisal needs

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Nearly all 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 may appear more cost-effective than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there more times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful? Absolutely.

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Challenge your tax assessment

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from West Michigan Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask home owners to take out this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

West Michigan Appraisal will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often 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 take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is a particularly traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the property. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from West Michigan Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they need to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate 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 don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Manistee County for work

We are familiar with the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right 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. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesstay on the market. So, seeking 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 West Michigan Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price