Let RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service serve your appraisal needs
Thousands of people in Michigan buy, sell or refinance their home every month. A lot of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. The majority of lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that may appear cheaper than an appraisal. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.
Appeal your tax assessment in Washtenaw County
If you live in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in disputing your tax assessment.
Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments
Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask homeowners to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. 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.
RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the appraisal can generally be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
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Get a clear valuation on a home for divorce settlements
A divorce can be an especially daunting ordeal for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the property. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from RJE Real Estate Appraisal Service so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.
The parties will have a a good idea 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 evaluation.
Accurate and fair estate liquidation
The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We ensure 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 take care of these issues, 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 walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.
Move to or from Washtenaw County through an employee relocation program
We are aware of the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.
Sell your home promptly — at the right price
A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.
We examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide 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 homes stay on the market.