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Why you should hire an appraiser

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. And even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might seem less expensive than an appraisal, almost all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high. Is getting a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there additional instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? You bet there are.

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Contest your tax assessment in Summit County

If you live in an area where property values have declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Dudas & Associates, Inc is your best evidence when building your case. At Dudas & Associates, Inc, we're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask home buyers to buy this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This added payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the leftover balance 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 invoked 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.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Dudas & Associates, Inc will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can generally be offset 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 an especially horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the burdensome decision of who gets the house. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Dudas & Associates, Inc so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for 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. 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 do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike wealthier individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Summit County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. 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 remarks on the positive features of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. 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 houses are one the market.

Let Dudas & Associates, Inc assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price