Why you should get an appraisal from Schwab Appraisal

Thousands of people in Idaho buy, sell or refinance their home every year. Many 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 budding number of automated home valuation systems that may appear more prudent 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 be helpful? Absolutely.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you are 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 lower a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask home owners to take out this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this extra payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is damaging because PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Schwab Appraisal can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can usually be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the house, and it can be an especially traumatic occurrence for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Schwab Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture 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 gotten a fair evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing 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 highest degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthier 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 worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Kootenai County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed 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 aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what a suitable 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 stay on the market.

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