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Why you should hire an appraiser

Every year, thousands of people in Florida buy, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear more practical than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is getting a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful? You bet there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Broward County

If you live in an area where property values have declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from DANIEL I KANDEL is your best evidence when building your case. At DANIEL I KANDEL, we're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that almost all lenders ask homebuyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. This additional payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI is unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, DANIEL I KANDEL can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can generally be recovered 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 can be a very horrible event for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the troublesome decision of who maintains the house. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from DANIEL I KANDEL so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties wish 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 gotten a fair evaluation.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult 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).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Broward County for work

We know the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price, whether you decide 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, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what an appropriate 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 DANIEL I KANDEL assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price