Let Independent Valuation Services handle your appraisal needs

To many, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. And while there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there additional instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? You bet.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Scott County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Independent Valuation Services is your best evidence when building your case. We're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy that many lenders ask homeowners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. Since the added payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is no longer 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 implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Independent Valuation Services can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can generally be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce can be an especially traumatic event for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the challenging decision of who keeps the property. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Independent Valuation Services so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they need 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.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a hard 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 ensure the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from Scott County for work

We know the stress associated with an employee relocation. That being said, 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 feedback 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 promptly — at the right price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees are based on our efforts to finish 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 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.

Let Independent Valuation Services assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price