Why you should get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal just looks like another fee on the break-sheet for a home sale or refinance. The majority of lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there also instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful? Absolutely.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is your best evidence when building your case. We're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Very often, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can generally 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 a very traumatic event for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they want 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.

Fair and accurate 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 real estate 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).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal 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 gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Clackamas County for work

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home promptly — at an accurate price

Whether you decide 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 asking price. 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 rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining 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 properties stay on the market.

Let Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price