6 Reasons to choose an appraisal from Mannion Appraisals
Thousands of people in Illinois purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. A lot of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation systems that might seem less expensive than an appraisal. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.
Appeal your tax assessment in Cook County
It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices have declined in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.
PMI removal to reduce a mortgage payment
When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, many lenders ask homebuyers to buy this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Very often, this added payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.
Mannion Appraisals can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the appraisal can usually be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups
A divorce can be a very daunting event for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the house. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Mannion Appraisals, regardless of the situation.
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 evaluation.
Accurate and fair estate liquidation
Losing a loved one is a difficult 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. We ensure the maximum degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.
Move to or from Cook County through an employee relocation program
We are aware of the headaches associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we recommend 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.
Sell your home quickly — at the right price
A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.
On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, 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.