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Attention homeowners: Real estate appraisal services for in Seattle and King County

The top seven reasons why WA homeowners need Crest Appraisal Services:

  1. Find the right listing price (whether they're selling the home themselves or using an agent)
  2. To challenge a WA property tax assessment
  3. Remove PMI to reduce your mortgage payment
  4. To reinstate their Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. Verify another appraiser's report
  6. In the case of a WA divorce, where real estate needs to be divided
  7. To determine the true market value of real estate in question to settle an estate

Need help determining the value of your house in or near Seattle, WA?
Contact Crest Appraisal Services.

We at Crest Appraisal Services understand the individual needs of a homeowner looking for appraisal services. While our usual clients understand the appraisal process and standard reporting formats, you as a consumer will get extra service in the form of an explanation of the process and even special consumer-friendly reporting forms if the assignment allows for them.

For-Sale-By-Owner (FSBO) / Pre-Listing Services

Since you have an emotional attachment to your own home, it's often very hard to be objective about it. Professional appraisers, like the ones at Crest Appraisal Services, will be objective. We'll tell you what you need to know, not just what you want to hear. In addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your house will attract buyers, a professional appraisal is very important as a negotiating tool once you have an attainable buyer. It gives you something tangible to show the buyer. It's an independent third party's opinion of your property's value, and not just you saying how much your home is worth. Potential buyers assume you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be far more likely to give credibility to a professional appraiser's value judgement than yours.

Appraisals to cancel PMI

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. A popular money saver for homeowners is to get the PMI removed from their mortgage loan, thus saving them money on their monthly payments. Your monthly payments will go down once your mortgage loan amount is less than 80% of the value of your property. In most cases you can apply to the lender to have the PMI eliminated from your loan. We're experienced in helping clients just like you abolish unneeded and unwanted PMI insurance.

Challenging a property tax assessment

Your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued if your house not appreciating as much as other houses close to yours. That means you are paying more taxes than you should. The earlier you take care of things like this, the better off you'll be, since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period. Getting an expert appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services is your best weapon when contesting your property tax assessment.

Recently got a freeze your HELOC?

Even if your specific property has not declined in value, your lender might just choose to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your house is in a declining area. This can be be bad for your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out, and also unsuitable from a cash flow point of view. Crest Appraisal Services can help you reinstate your HELOC.

We Also Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Do you need a seasoned expert to double-check your appraisal for accuracy, or do you need a second opinion without the expense and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? An appraiser from Crest Appraisal Services can go out and check the subject and comparables in a field review. If you need it in a rush, we'll provide desk review and verify as many facts as we can using online data sources as well as our own files.

Do you need a retrospective review of an appraisal? Crest Appraisal Services can help you with that. Even though this is typically requested by banks, you may need to take advantage of this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your property.