Let DRB Appraisal take care of your appraisal needs

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be less expensive than an appraisal. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are additional situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Challenge 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. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your home, so if prices are less than what they used to be 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 equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask homeowners to take out this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that extra payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, DRB Appraisal will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost 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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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the home, and it can be a particularly horrible event for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from DRB Appraisal 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 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.

Ascertain a fair and accurate 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. 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 Blackford 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. During our intensive inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for 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, unlike real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesstay on the market. So, seeking 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.

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