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6 Reasons to choose an appraisal from The August Group Inc.

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply one more thing on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful? You bet there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where property values have depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At The August Group Inc., we're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to take out this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, The August Group Inc. will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can often be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be a very daunting event for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the hard decision of who gets the home. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from The August Group Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a better 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 received a fair evaluation.

Fair and accurate 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

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

Employee relocation is 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 suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Getting 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.

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