6 Reasons to order an appraisal from Schwab Appraisal

Every year, thousands of people in Idaho purchase, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. And even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that might seem cheaper than an appraisal, almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are additional instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Kootenai County

It's probable 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 previous assessment of your house, so if values have gone down in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Schwab Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that many lenders ask homebuyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This additional payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Schwab Appraisal can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can usually be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is an especially daunting experience for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the house. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Schwab Appraisal so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

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

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for 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 wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Kootenai County through an employee relocation program

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market.

Let Schwab Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price