Let James Earp Appraisal Service handle your appraisal needs

Thousands of people in North Carolina purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. A lot of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that might appear cheaper than an appraisal, most lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask home buyers to purchase this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

James Earp Appraisal Service can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can often be offset in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the house. Regardless of the situation, 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 property.

The parties will have a better 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 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 calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We guarantee 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 wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Wake County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home quickly — at the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting 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 houses stay on the market.

Let James Earp Appraisal Service assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price