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Why you should hire an appraiser

Every year, thousands of people in Georgia buy, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high. But is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful? Absolutely.

For real estate appraisals in Kennesaw and Cobb County, it's easiest when your order online from JRW International Inc. , just click here.

Challenge your tax assessment in Cobb County

If you live in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from JRW International Inc. is your best evidence. At JRW International Inc. ,we can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

How can you do away with PMI to lower your mortgage payment?

When the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask buyers to purchase an supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that additional payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the leftover 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 implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments on most mortgages when the balance is paid down to 78% of the original value.

JRW International Inc. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the appraisal can often be regained in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

Settling a divorce with less stress

A divorce is a very daunting ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the home. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from JRW International 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 if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation with JRW International Inc. Settling an estate

The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Market Value for the real estate involved. We guarantee the maximum 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 wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocating to or from Cobb County?

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient 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 process.

Let JRW International Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. With much different interests than a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. The price we charge isn't related to the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal.

We analyze the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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.