Why you should get an appraisal

Thousands of people in Louisiana buy, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Jefferson County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your real estate, so if values have declined in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc., we're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Seeing that extra payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress implemented 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.

Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can often be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the house, and it can be a very traumatic experience for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Fair and accurate 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 Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Jefferson County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. 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 aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price, whether you choose 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 rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare 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 Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price