Why you should get an appraisal from Ruffino Appraisal Group, LLC.

Year after year, thousands of people in Florida buy, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more prudent than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Challenge your tax assessment

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices 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 challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance plan that most lenders ask buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Very often, this additional payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) 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, Ruffino Appraisal Group, LLC. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can often be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the house, and it can be a particularly daunting experience for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Ruffino Appraisal Group, LLC., regardless of the situation.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a a good idea of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Determine a fair and accurate 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 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 wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Broward County for work

We are aware of the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help 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 based on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

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 an applicable 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 stay on the market.

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