Reasons to get an appraisal

Thousands of people in Idaho purchase, sell or refinance their home every month. Many of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal. But is obtaining a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? Absolutely.

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Let Steven M Shelamer help you get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that many lenders ask buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. Seeing that extra payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Steven M Shelamer can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the appraisal can usually be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the home, and it can be a very traumatic experience for both parties. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Steven M Shelamer, regardless of the situation.

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

Settling an estate with peace of mind

The loss of 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 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).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs, unlike many wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Steven M Shelamer can assist you in relocating to or from Jackson County

Employee relocation is a more than just an inconvenience. We know where you're coming from! We take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive process.

Don't sell out for too little or keep your home on the market too long.

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. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are based on our efforts to perform the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining 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 houses are one the market.