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Why you should get an appraisal from The August Group Inc.

To many, an appraisal is simply another fee in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. And while there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Contest your tax assessment in Saint Louis County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices have gone down in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At The August Group Inc., we're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask homeowners to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. More often than not, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is bad because PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

The August Group Inc. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is an especially daunting event for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the property. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from The August Group Inc., regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they want 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 evaluation.

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for 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 handle these matters. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Saint Louis County through an employee relocation program

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. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated 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 depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, 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.

Let The August Group Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price