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

Each year, thousands of people in Missouri buy, sell or refinance their home. A lot of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that might seem more prudent than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there more situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful? Absolutely.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Saint Louis County

If you are 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. At The August Group Inc., we're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy that many lenders ask homebuyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This added payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, The August Group Inc. can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a very traumatic ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from The August Group Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house.

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 evaluation.

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).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair 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 establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home quickly — for the right price

Whether you want 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. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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.

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