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6 Reasons to choose an appraisal from GKS Appraisal Services

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. Almost all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear less expensive than an appraisal. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting 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

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices have gone down in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At GKS Appraisal Services, we're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that many lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. More often than not, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't necessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

GKS Appraisal Services will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can often be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is an especially traumatic event for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the home. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from GKS Appraisal Services so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a a good idea of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing 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 utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate 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 gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Berks County for work

We are familiar with the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We examine 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 propertiesare on the market. So, obtaining 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.

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