Why you should hire an appraiser

To many, an appraisal just looks like another fee in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Most lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be less expensive than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there more times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy? Absolutely.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you live 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 Giles Appraisal Group, Inc., we're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask homeowners to buy this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this extra payment is lumped 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 - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Giles Appraisal Group, Inc. will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can usually be offset in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is a very traumatic ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the troublesome decision of who maintains the home. 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 house, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a better 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 evaluation.

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a painful 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 ensure 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 wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Bay County through an employee relocation program

We are familiar with the stress involved 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 feedback on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining 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 houses stay on the market.

Let Giles Appraisal Group, Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price