Let West Michigan Appraisal attend to your appraisal needs

Year after year, thousands of people in Michigan purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that might appear to be more prudent than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there additional instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? Of course there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Manistee County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your home, so if values have declined in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At West Michigan Appraisal, we're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that most lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Since the extra payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, West Michigan Appraisal can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can generally be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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

A divorce can be a particularly horrible ordeal for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the home. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from West Michigan Appraisal so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they need 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 assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for 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, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Manistee County for work

We are aware of the stress involved with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in organizing 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 recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home promptly — 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 with the help of a real estate agent. 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 not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a trusted 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.

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