6 Reasons to consider an appraisal from Nordquist Appraisal LLC

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the settlement sheet for a mortgage or refinance. While there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Allegheny County

If you live in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Nordquist Appraisal LLC is your best evidence when building your case. We're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, most lenders ask home owners to buy this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional 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 - goes 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) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Nordquist Appraisal LLC can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. 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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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a particularly traumatic ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the home. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Nordquist Appraisal LLC so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Determine an accurate and fair 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 real estate involved. We ensure the utmost 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 handle these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Allegheny County for work

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 aspects of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home promptly — at an accurate 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 better educated decision when determining your selling price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine 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 homesstay on the market. So, getting 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.

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