Let Kent & Associates Appraisal attend to your appraisal needs

Thousands of people in Washington buy, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be less expensive than an appraisal. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are additional instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a past assessment of your house, so if prices have declined in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask homeowners to purchase this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is bad because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. 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.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Kent & Associates Appraisal can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can usually be recovered in just a few months 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 difficult decision of who keeps the home, and it can be a particularly daunting ordeal for both parties. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Kent & Associates Appraisal so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home.

The parties will have a clearer picture 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 evaluation.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a hard 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 ensure the fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth 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 Snohomish County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage 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 during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home promptly — at an accurate price

Whether you choose 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 asking price. 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 calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value items like an additional 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 applicable 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 Kent & Associates Appraisal help you sell your home quickly at the right price