Why you should order an appraisal from KEY INSIGHT

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like another fee in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear more practical than an appraisal. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Oneida County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your home, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from KEY INSIGHT is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that almost all lenders ask homeowners to buy when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This added payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

KEY INSIGHT can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can usually be recovered in little 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 is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the house, and it can be an especially daunting experience for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from KEY INSIGHT so both parties are fully 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.

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a difficult 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. We guarantee the maximum 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 issues, unlike many wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Oneida County through an employee relocation program

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

Close on your home promptly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance 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 rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesstay on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine 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 KEY INSIGHT assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price