Reasons to choose an appraisal from Giles Appraisal Group, Inc.

Year after year, thousands of people in Florida buy, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. The majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear more economical than an appraisal. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Bay County

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are determined by a past assessment of your house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Giles Appraisal Group, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. We're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, most lenders ask homebuyers to buy this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Giles Appraisal Group, Inc. will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the home, and it can be a very traumatic occurrence for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Giles Appraisal Group, Inc. so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they wish 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.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing 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 real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the utmost degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate 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 leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Bay County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at an accurate price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted 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.

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