Let Schwab Appraisal attend to your appraisal needs

Every year, thousands of people in Idaho buy, sell or refinance their home. A lot of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more economical than an appraisal. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are determined by a past assessment of your house, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Schwab Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Oftentimes, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is bad because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Schwab Appraisal will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can usually 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 can be a very traumatic ordeal for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the burdensome decision of who gets the property. 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 situation.

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 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 calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the utmost degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, understanding the true value 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 Kootenai County through an employee relocation program

We are familiar with the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

Whether you decide 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 when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based 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. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market.

Let Schwab Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price