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Why you should order an appraisal from Anderson & Associates

Every year, thousands of people in Washington buy, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there also situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful? You bet there are.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Clark County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon 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 Anderson & Associates is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask home buyers to take out this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. More often than not, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Anderson & Associates can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can generally be regained in little 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 can be a very traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the home. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Anderson & Associates, 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.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate 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 do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Clark County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on 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 can help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We analyze 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 reliable way to decide 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 properties stay on the market.

Let Anderson & Associates assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price