Let JML Appraisal Services attend to your appraisal needs

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply another fee on the break-sheet for a home purchase or refinance. And while there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be more economical than an appraisal, practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might think that securing a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from JML Appraisal Services is your best evidence when building your case. At JML Appraisal Services, we're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that many lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Since the added payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, JML Appraisal Services can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally be offset in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the property, and it can be a particularly daunting ordeal for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from JML Appraisal Services so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they need to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Fair and accurate 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 residential property involved. We ensure the utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Scott County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling 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 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 additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market.

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