Why you should get an appraisal from C. Gaba Appraisals, LLC

Thousands of people in Alabama purchase, sell or refinance their home each month. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from C. Gaba Appraisals, LLC is your best evidence when building your case. We're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask home buyers to buy this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. More often than not, this added payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI is unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

C. Gaba Appraisals, LLC can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can usually be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the property, and it can be a very horrible event for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from C. Gaba Appraisals, LLC so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

If the parties wish 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 evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee the highest 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 take care of these matters. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Mobile County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

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