Let JTH Appraisals handle your appraisal needs

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. And even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more economical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there additional instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy? You bet.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Sacramento County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your house, so if values have gone down in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from JTH Appraisals is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask buyers to take out this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. More often than not, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is bad because PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, JTH Appraisals will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can usually be recovered in little time 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 particularly daunting event for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the troublesome decision of who keeps the property. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from JTH Appraisals so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. 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 death of 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 guarantee the maximum 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 matters, unlike wealthier individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from Sacramento County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at the right 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 when determining your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees are based on our efforts to complete 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. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 homes are one the market.

Let JTH Appraisals assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price