Benchmark Appraising in Kernersville do appraisals for numerous purposes

To many, an appraisal just looks like another fee on the settlement sheet for a mortgage or refinance. Nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Forsyth County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your home, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Benchmark Appraising is your best evidence when building your case. At Benchmark Appraising,we can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Benchmark Appraising can help you do away with PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase an supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Benchmark Appraising can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can generally be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

Settling a divorce with less stress with an appraisal from Benchmark Appraising

A divorce is a particularly traumatic event for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the home. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Benchmark Appraising so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a a good 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 assessment.

Settling an estate with peace of mind

The death of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Market Value for the real estate involved. We guarantee 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 many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the precise value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Benchmark Appraising can assist you in relocating to or from Forsyth County

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

Let Benchmark Appraising assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, which is different than the interest of real estate agents. Our fees are calculated 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 extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine 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 for an extended amount of time.