Why you should get an appraisal from Schwab Appraisal

Every year, thousands of people in Idaho purchase, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. And even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more practical than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are other situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Idaho County

If you are in an area where the value of property has 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 Schwab Appraisal, we're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This additional payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress that requires lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Schwab Appraisal will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can often be offset 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 often complicated by the troublesome decision of who maintains the house, and it can be a particularly horrible experience for both parties. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Schwab Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a a good idea 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 received a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful 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 guarantee the fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth 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 Idaho County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the headaches involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what an appropriate 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 Schwab Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price