Reasons to consider an appraisal from Kent & Associates Appraisal

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. Almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful? You bet there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Kent & Associates Appraisal, we're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Most often, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is damaging because PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Kent & Associates Appraisal can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often 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 for divorce settlements

A divorce is a particularly daunting experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the property. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Kent & Associates Appraisal so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house.

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 received a fair assessment.

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 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, guaranteeing the fullest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs, unlike many wealthy individuals. 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 significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Snohomish County for work

We are aware of the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — 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 will help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare 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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