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Let Dudas & Associates, Inc attend to your appraisal needs

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply one more thing in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be more economical than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy? Absolutely.

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Contest your tax assessment in Summit County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, almost all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase this extra insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Dudas & Associates, Inc can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the appraisal can generally be offset in a short amount of time 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 strenuous decision of who keeps the home, and it can be a very horrible experience for both parties. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Dudas & Associates, Inc, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the fullest degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs. And seeing that 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 essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Summit County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding 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 price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. 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 additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. 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, 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