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Attention homeowners in Seattle and King County: Get an Appraisal today!

Here are the top seven reasons why WA homeowners use Crest Appraisal Services:

  1. To get a pre-listing appraisal (whether you're using an agent or selling the home on your own)
  2. To challenge a WA property tax assessment
  3. To cut their mortgage payments by removing PMI
  4. To reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (or HELOC)
  5. To review a different appraiser's report for verification
  6. In the case of a WA divorce, when real estate needs to be divided
  7. Settle an estate in WA by determining the true market value of real estate in question

Do you own a home in or near Seattle? Do you need help deciding the value of your real estate?
Contact Crest Appraisal Services.

At Crest Appraisal Services, we understand the individual needs of a homeowner seeking appraisal services. Our customary business clients get the appraisal process and the standard documents we provide. But as a general consumer,we'll be sure you get extra guidance and explanations through the appraisal process to understand what we do and how we report our conclusions.

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

It's very hard to be objective about your home because of your emotional attachment to it. A professional appraiser is objective and will tell you what you need to know, not just what you want to hear. A professional appraisal is a crucial negotiating tool once you have an interested buyer, in addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your property will attract many interested buyers. It's something tangible to show the buyer. The appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your home's value, not just you saying how much your house is worth. Potential buyers know you have an emotional attachment to your home and will be far more likely to give credibility to a qualified appraiser's value report than yours.

Need to cancel PMI?

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. An attractive money saver for homeowners is to get the PMI eliminated 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 home. In most cases you can apply to the lender to have the PMI removed from your loan. We are experts in helping homeowners just like you rid yourselves of unwanted and unneeded PMI insurance.

Challenge a property tax assessment

Your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued if you live in a region that's declining. That means you're probably paying more taxes than you should. The sooner you take care of a matter like this, the better, since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period. Getting a professional appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services is your chief weapon when contesting your property tax assessment.

Recently got a freeze your HELOC?

Your lender may choose to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your house is in a declining area -- even if your specific property has not declined in value. This can this be annoying from a cash flow viewpoint, and damaging to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. Crest Appraisal Services can help you reinstate your home equity line of credit with a professional appraisal.

We Also Provide Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Have you just gotten a copy of your appraisal and you would wish to have a veteran appraiser double-check it for preciseness or do you desire a second opinion without the added cost and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? In a field review we will go out and check the subject and comparables. If you're in a rush, we'll provide you with a desk review and verify as many facts as we can using online data sources as well as our own files.

We can also provide a retrospective review of any appraisal you may have had in the past. Even though this is typically requested by banks, you may wish to utilize this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your house.