Why you should get an appraisal from JTH Appraisals

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask homebuyers to take out this extra insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Since the extra payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is bad because PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed 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.

JTH Appraisals will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the home valuation can often be regained in a short amount of 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 can be a particularly daunting ordeal for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the hard decision of who maintains the property. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from JTH Appraisals, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a hard 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 maximum degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Sacramento County for work

We are familiar with the headaches associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for 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 asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesstay on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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.

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