Let Theresa G. Dunleavy & Associates take care of your appraisal needs

Each year, thousands of people in Virginia purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. Almost all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may seem more prudent than an appraisal. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Challenge your tax assessment

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your home, so if prices have declined in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that most lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This additional payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Theresa G. Dunleavy & Associates will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can usually be recovered 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 take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the home, and it can be an especially horrible experience for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Theresa G. Dunleavy & Associates so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home.

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 received a fair evaluation.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a painful 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 guarantee the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Norfolk City County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home quickly — 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 better educated 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 analyze the difference in value things 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 are one the market.

Let Theresa G. Dunleavy & Associates assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price