Why you should order an appraisal

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. While there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that might seem more prudent than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Challenge your tax assessment in New Haven County

If you are in an area where property values have declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from RCB Appraisal Service is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This extra payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

RCB Appraisal Service can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the home valuation 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 fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is an especially traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from RCB Appraisal Service so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a better 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 assessment.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a painful 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 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 do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from New Haven County for work

We know the headaches involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, obtaining 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.

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