Why you should get an appraisal from Frederick & Company

To many, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the break-sheet for a home sale or refinance. Nearly all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear more practical than an appraisal. You might assume that securing 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 might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Allegheny County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your house, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This extra payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress that requires lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Frederick & Company will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can often be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be a very traumatic ordeal for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the house. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Frederick & Company so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they need to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee the fullest 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 affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Allegheny County through an employee relocation program

We understand the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price, whether you want 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 rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide 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 stay on the market.

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