Why you should get an appraisal from Giles Appraisal Group, Inc.

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like one more thing in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. Practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might think that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your real estate, 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 can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask buyers to purchase this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This added payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Giles Appraisal Group, Inc. will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can generally be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a particularly daunting ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Giles Appraisal Group, Inc. so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property.

The parties will have a a good 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 evaluation.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee 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 many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Bay County through an employee relocation program

We understand the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted 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.

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