Reasons to order an appraisal from JLF Appraisals

Thousands of people in California buy, sell or refinance their home every month. Most of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. The majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more prudent than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? You bet there are.

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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 past assessment of your real estate, so if values have declined in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that most lenders ask homeowners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This extra payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases 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) requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, JLF Appraisals will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can generally be offset 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 take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be a very horrible event for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the home. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, 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 clearer picture 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.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for 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 residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential 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

We know the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market.

Let JLF Appraisals help you sell your home quickly at the right price