Why you should order an appraisal from Sirius Appraisal Services

To many, an appraisal is simply another fee in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal, most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are additional situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Queens County

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

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Seeing that added payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Sirius Appraisal Services can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can usually be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is an especially traumatic ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the property. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Sirius Appraisal Services, regardless of the situation.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. 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 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 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).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Queens County for work

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what an applicable 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 homes are one the market.

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