Reasons to order an appraisal from RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service

Thousands of people in Michigan buy, sell or refinance their home every month. A lot of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. Practically all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that may seem less expensive than an appraisal. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Washtenaw County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service is your best evidence when building your case. We're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask buyers to take out this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This added payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes 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 remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally be offset in a short amount of 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 burdensome decision of who gets the house. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

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

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult 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 highest 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 don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Washtenaw County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help 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 complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 houses are one the market.

Let RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price