Reasons to hire an appraiser

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply another fee on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. Practically all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might assume that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Contest your tax assessment in Maricopa County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Diamondback Appraisal & Consulting, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. At Diamondback Appraisal & Consulting, Inc., we're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy that almost all lenders ask buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This additional payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress implemented 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 do away with PMI, Diamondback Appraisal & Consulting, Inc. can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can often be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is a very daunting event for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the home. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Diamondback Appraisal & Consulting, Inc., regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And 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 death of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property 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 handle these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Maricopa County for work

We are familiar with the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at 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 can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees rest on our efforts to finish 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 trusted 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 houses are one the market.

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