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Why you should order an appraisal from Desert Sky Appraisers

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that may appear more economical than an appraisal. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Contest your tax assessment in Maricopa County

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, many lenders ask buyers to buy this extra insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that additional payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is damaging because PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Desert Sky Appraisers will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the appraisal can often be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who keeps the property, and it can be an especially horrible ordeal for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Desert Sky Appraisers so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a better idea 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.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

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

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Maricopa County for work

We are familiar with the stress associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help 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 aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

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, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 Desert Sky Appraisers help you sell your home quickly at the right price