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Let The August Group Inc. handle your appraisal needs

To many, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Contest your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from The August Group Inc. is your best evidence when building your case. At The August Group Inc., we're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that most lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This extra payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI is no longer required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, The August Group Inc. will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can generally be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is an especially horrible event for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from The August Group Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture 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 gotten a fair assessment.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We guarantee 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 handle 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 received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Saint Louis County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing an accommodating 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 intensive inspection.

Close on your home quickly — at the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated 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 amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking 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 homes stay on the market.

Let The August Group Inc. help you sell your home quickly at the right price