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To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. While there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more prudent than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there additional instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? Absolutely.

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Challenge your tax assessment

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your house, so if prices have gone down in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that many lenders ask home owners to buy when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Oftentimes, this extra payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires 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, West Michigan Appraisal will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for 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 fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the house, and it can be an especially daunting ordeal for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from West Michigan Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need 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 received a fair assessment.

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 requires 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).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs, unlike wealthier 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 walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Manistee County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 West Michigan Appraisal help you sell your home quickly at the right price