Let Pierce Appraisal handle your appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply another cost in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. And even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that might appear more practical than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might assume that securing a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Scotts Bluff County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your real estate, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from Pierce Appraisal is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

Let Pierce Appraisal help you do away with PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase an extra insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is bad because PMI isn't necessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Pierce Appraisal can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can often be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

Settling a divorce with less stress with an appraisal from Pierce Appraisal

A divorce is a very daunting ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the home. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Pierce Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a better 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.

Trustworthy estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal 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.

Relocating to or from Scotts Bluff County?

We are aware of the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive process, we encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Don't sell out short or let your home stay on the market too long.

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. 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 are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal.

We determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 - because we're experts in knowing how long properties stay on the market.