Why you should order an appraisal

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. And while there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that might appear more practical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might think that securing a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Dispute 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. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your house, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask homeowners to buy when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Very often, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, KEY INSIGHT will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can often be offset 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 daunting event for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the home. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from KEY INSIGHT, regardless of the situation.

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

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The death 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the utmost degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Oneida County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you want 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 price the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

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 housesstay on the market. So, obtaining 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.

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