Reasons to hire an appraiser

Each year, thousands of people in Georgia buy, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that may appear cheaper than an appraisal. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Filson's Real Estate Appraisal Services, Inc., we're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Oftentimes, this added payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Filson's Real Estate Appraisal Services, Inc. can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can often be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the house, and it can be an especially horrible event for both parties. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Filson's Real Estate Appraisal Services, Inc., regardless of the situation.

If the parties want 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 gotten a fair evaluation.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property 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).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Fulton County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are based 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 reliable way to determine what improvements will add value and what an applicable 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 homes are one the market.

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