Reasons to get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply one more thing in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Most lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? You bet there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your house, so if prices have gone down in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask buyers to take out this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This added payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. 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 eliminate PMI, Schwab Appraisal will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can often be regained 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 can be a particularly daunting ordeal for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the house. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Schwab Appraisal, 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 on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee the highest 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. 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 essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Kootenai County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for the right 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 regarding your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike 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 analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 are one the market.

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