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6 Reasons to consider an appraisal from Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc.

To many, an appraisal just looks like one more thing in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be cheaper than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there more situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful? Of course there are.

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Contest your tax assessment in Muscogee County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your home, so if prices have gone down in your neighborhood, 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 disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask buyers to buy this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that additional payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can often be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who keeps the home, and it can be a very horrible ordeal for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house.

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 received a fair evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of 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 real estate involved. We guarantee the utmost 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 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 essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Muscogee County through an employee relocation program

We understand the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal will 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 a percentage of the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Getting 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market.

Let Grantham Appraisal & Realty, Inc. help you sell your home quickly at the right price