6 Reasons you should order an appraisal from Graham Appraisal

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. And while there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? You bet.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Barren County

If you reside 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 Graham Appraisal, we're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Very often, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Graham Appraisal can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can generally be recovered in little time 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 can be a particularly daunting experience for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the troublesome decision of who keeps the home. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Graham Appraisal so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. And 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 hard 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).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Barren County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties are one the market.

Let Graham Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price