Let James Earp Appraisal Service serve your appraisal needs

Year after year, thousands of people in North Carolina buy, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. The majority of lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that might appear more economical than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there more situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? You bet there are.

Let James Earp Appraisal Service assist you in lowering your mortgage payment

Contest your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service is your best evidence when building your case. At James Earp Appraisal Service, we're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, most lenders ask homebuyers to take out this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, James Earp Appraisal Service will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can often be recovered 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 an especially horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a better 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.

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

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an unequal 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 leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from Wake County through an employee relocation program

We are familiar with the stress associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at an accurate price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesstay on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide 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 James Earp Appraisal Service help you sell your home quickly at the right price