6 Reasons to consider an appraisal from Phoenix Valuations, LLC

Each year, thousands of people in Arizona buy, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy? Of course there are.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Maricopa County

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask homeowners to purchase this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that extra payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is damaging because PMI isn't necessary 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 passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Phoenix Valuations, LLC can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can generally be regained in little time 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 challenging decision of who gets the home, and it can be a very daunting occurrence for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Phoenix Valuations, LLC so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Determine a fair and accurate 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 real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy 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 a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Maricopa County for work

We know the stress associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

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 homesstay on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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.

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