Reasons to get an appraisal

Thousands of people in Indiana purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Wabash County

If you live in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask buyers to purchase this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. More often than not, this added payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases 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) that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can often be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is a very horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the property. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate Services, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they wish to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Ascertain a fair and accurate 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 entails 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 many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Wabash County through an employee relocation program

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — 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 more informed decision regarding your selling price. 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 are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 an unnecessarily long time, because we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market.

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