Why you should order an appraisal

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply another cost in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. Most lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear less expensive than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there also instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful? You bet.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Bergen County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your real estate, so if values have declined in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Gold Coast Appraisal Group LLC is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask homeowners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. Since the additional payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. 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 installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Gold Coast Appraisal Group LLC can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can generally be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a particularly horrible event for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the home. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Gold Coast Appraisal Group LLC so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home.

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

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We ensure the fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. 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 essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from Bergen County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can 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 price 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 finish the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide what improvements will add value and what a suitable 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.

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