Reasons to order an appraisal from Gold Coast Appraisal Group LLC

Thousands of people in New Jersey buy, sell or refinance their home each month. Many of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. Even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear cheaper than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Bergen County

If you are in an area where the value of property has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Gold Coast Appraisal Group LLC is your best evidence when building your case. At Gold Coast Appraisal Group LLC, we're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that many lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. More often than not, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, 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 installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Gold Coast Appraisal Group LLC can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the appraisal can usually be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is an especially horrible ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps 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 Gold Coast Appraisal Group LLC, regardless of the situation.

If the parties want 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 received a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the maximum degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues, unlike wealthier individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true value 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 Bergen County through an employee relocation program

We are familiar with the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesstay on the market. So, 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.

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