Reasons someone would use the services of Accurate Appraisals, Inc.Thousands of people in Illinois purchase, sell or refinance their home every month. Most of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Almost all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be cheaper than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful.
Dispute your tax assessment in Cook CountyIf you live in an area where property values have declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from Accurate Appraisals, Inc. is your best evidence. At Accurate Appraisals, Inc., we're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.
Let Accurate Appraisals, Inc. help you eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage paymentPrivate Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that most lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Since the additional payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments on most mortgages when the balance is paid down to 78% of the original value.
If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Accurate Appraisals, Inc. will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can usually be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
Settling a divorce with less stressA divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the property, and it can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Accurate Appraisals, Inc. so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home.
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 received a fair assessment.
Fair and accurate estate liquidationThe death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish 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 don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so understanding 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.
Relocating to or from Cook CountyWe understand the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal 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 during our thorough process.
Let Accurate Appraisals, Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right priceA professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling 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 amount the house sells for, which is different than the interest of real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal.
We examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 houses are one the market.