Reasons to hire an appraiser

Year after year, thousands of people in Florida buy, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are an increasing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear more economical than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? You bet there are.

Let Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group help you lower your mortgage payment

Dispute your tax assessment

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group is your best evidence when building your case. At Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group, we're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask homeowners to purchase this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is bad because PMI is unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can generally be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

Order an appraisal from Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group

Order today

Get a fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is a particularly horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a better 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.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss 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 real estate 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).

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Duval County through an employee relocation program

We know the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining 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 are one the market.

Let Personal Service Realty's Residential Valuation Group assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price