Reasons to get an appraisal from Graham Appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that may seem less expensive than an appraisal. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Graham Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, almost all lenders ask buyers to purchase this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that extra payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Graham Appraisal will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can usually be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce can be a particularly horrible experience for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the troublesome decision of who keeps the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Graham Appraisal so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property.

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

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful 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. We guarantee 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 wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Barren County for work

We are aware of the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — for an accurate price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price. Unlike 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 based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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, because we're experts in knowing how long homes stay on the market.

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