6 Reasons you should order an appraisal from Sirius Appraisal Services

Thousands of people in New York purchase, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more prudent than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are additional times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Queens County

If you reside in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Sirius Appraisal Services, we're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask home buyers to take out this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This added payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Sirius Appraisal Services will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is often complicated by the hard decision of who gets the house, and it can be an especially traumatic event for both parties. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Sirius Appraisal Services, 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 evaluation.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a hard 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 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).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs, unlike wealthier individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Move to or from Queens County for work

We are aware of the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

Whether you choose 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 regarding your asking price. Unlike 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.

We determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable 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, because we're experts in knowing how long homes stay on the market.

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