Let RWA Appraisals take care of your appraisal needs

To many, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. The majority of lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy? You bet there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Kitsap County

If you are in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from RWA Appraisals is your best evidence when building your case. At RWA Appraisals, we're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, most lenders ask homebuyers to buy this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Since the added payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls 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 dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, RWA Appraisals can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can usually be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is a particularly traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the home. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from RWA Appraisals so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they need to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

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 fullest 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 do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate 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 gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Kitsap County for work

We are aware of the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will 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 amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine what improvements will add value and what an applicable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time.

Let RWA Appraisals assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price