6 Reasons to order an appraisal from Nordquist Appraisal LLC

To many, an appraisal just looks like one more thing in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. Even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation systems that might appear less expensive than an appraisal, the majority of 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 other instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy? You bet.

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Contest your tax assessment in Allegheny County

If you are in an area where the value of property has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Nordquist Appraisal LLC, we're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance plan that almost all lenders ask homeowners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Oftentimes, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

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

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a particularly daunting ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the property. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Nordquist Appraisal LLC so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a better idea 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 assessment.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

Losing 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 residential property 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).

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

Move to or from Allegheny County through an employee relocation program

We know the stress associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. 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 stay on the market.

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