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Why you should get an appraisal

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the break-sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear cheaper than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there more cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful? Absolutely.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices have gone down 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 appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask home owners to purchase this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Since the added payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Barnes Appraisal Company will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can usually be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be a very daunting experience for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the property. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Barnes Appraisal Company so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a better 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 gotten a fair evaluation.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We ensure 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 do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Comanche County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesstay on the market. So, obtaining 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.

Let Barnes Appraisal Company assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price