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Attention homeowners: Real estate appraisal services for in Sarasota and Manatee County

Check out the top 7 reasons why Florida homeowners use Carolyn Davis:

  1. To get a pre-listing appraisal (whether you're using an agent or selling the home on your own)
  2. Challenge property tax assessments
  3. Remove PMI to cut your mortgage payments
  4. To reinstate their Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. Review a different appraiser's report for verification
  6. In the case of a divorce in the state of Florida, when property needs to be divided
  7. To settle an estate in Manatee county or Florida by determining the true market value of the real estate in question
Do you own a house in or near Sarasota? Do you need help determining the value of your real estate? Contact Carolyn Davis.

We at Carolyn Davis understand the individual needs of a consumer looking for appraisal services. While our typical business clients understand the appraisal process and standard reporting formats, you as a consumer will get extra customer 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. 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 very important negotiating tool once you have a likely buyer, in addition to helping you set a realistic price to sell at so your house will attract buyers. It's something tangible to show your buyer. An appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your home's value -- not just you saying how much your house is worth. Interested buyers know that you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be more likely to give credibility to a qualified appraiser's value judgement than yours.

Challenging property tax assessments

Let's say you live in an area that is declining -- your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued. This means you're going to pay higher taxes than you should be paying. The earlier you take care of a matter like this, the better, since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period. A professional appraisal from Carolyn Davis is your strongest weapon when contesting your property tax assessment.

Appraisals to remove PMI

Getting the PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) removed from your mortgage loan is a preferred way to save money for homeowners. Your monthly payments will go down once your mortgage loan is less than 80% of the value of your home. In most cases you can apply to a lender to have the PMI canceled from your loan. At Carolyn Davis, we're qualified in helping clients just like you abolish unwanted PMI insurance.

Recently got a freeze to your HELOC?

If your home is in or near a declining area, your lender may just decide to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) - even if your specific property has not declined in value. Not only can this be unsuitable from a cash flow viewpoint, but it can be negative on your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. An efficient appraisal from Carolyn Davis can help you reinstate your HELOC.

We Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Do you need a professional to double-check your appraisal for preciseness, or do you want a second opinion without the expense and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? We can go out and check the subject and comparables in a field review. If you need it ASAP, we'll provide 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. While usually requested by banks, you may wish to take advantage of this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your home.