Why you should order an appraisal

Each year, thousands of people in Kentucky purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. Even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that may appear more economical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Barren County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside 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 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.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that many lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. This additional payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Graham Appraisal can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can usually be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be a particularly horrible event for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the challenging decision of who keeps the house. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Graham Appraisal, 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 received a fair evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of 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. We guarantee the maximum degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues, unlike wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from Barren County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on 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 regarding your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, seeking 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.

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