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Reasons to choose an appraisal from Desert Sky Appraisers

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. And even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear less expensive than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where property values have depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in disputing 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 property, almost all lenders ask home owners to buy this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips 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.

Desert Sky Appraisers can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the appraisal can often be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is a particularly traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the home. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Desert Sky Appraisers so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they wish 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 assessment.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult 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, ensuring the maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Maricopa County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding 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 with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses are one the market.

Let Desert Sky Appraisers help you sell your home quickly at the right price