Reasons to consider an appraisal from JLF Appraisals

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like one more thing in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. And even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Fresno County

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 JLF Appraisals is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. This extra payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, JLF Appraisals will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can often be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the hard decision of who maintains the home, and it can be a very traumatic experience for both parties. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from JLF Appraisals, regardless of the situation.

If the parties want 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 received a fair evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The loss of 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. We ensure the utmost 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 take care of these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Fresno County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will 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. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items 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, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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 JLF Appraisals assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price