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To many, an appraisal is simply another fee in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. Nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that might appear more economical than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there also situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful? You bet there are.

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Contest your tax assessment in Hampden 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 based upon a previous assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Race Appraisal Services, LLC is your best evidence when building your case. We're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, most lenders ask buyers to purchase this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this extra payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Race Appraisal Services, LLC can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can generally be recovered in just a few months 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 hard decision of who maintains the property, and it can be an especially horrible experience for both parties. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Race Appraisal Services, LLC, regardless of the situation.

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.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss of 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 residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Hampden County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Close on your home quickly — at an accurate price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated 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 are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide what improvements will add value and what an appropriate 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 homes are one the market.

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