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Need an appraisal in Federal Way or King County?

Here are the top seven reasons why Washington homeowners call on Sterling Appraisal Group:

  1. To get a pre-listing appraisal (whether they're selling the home themselves or using an agent)
  2. Challenge a property tax assessment
  3. Remove PMI to lower a mortgage payment
  4. Reinstate your 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 Washington, when real estate needs to be divided
  7. Determine the true market value of the real estate in question to settle an estate
Own a home in or near Federal Way, Washington and need help determining the price of it? Contact Sterling Appraisal Group.

At Sterling Appraisal Group, we understand the individual needs of a homeowner after appraisal services. While our typical 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.

Pre-listing Services/For Sale by Owner

Since you have an emotional attachment to your home, it's often very hard to be objective about it. Our professional appraisers at Sterling Appraisal Group are objective. We won't just tell you what you want to hear, we will tell you what you need to know. A professional appraisal is very valuable as a negotiating tool once you have an interested buyer, in addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your property will attract buyers. It's something concrete to show your buyer. An appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your house's value -- not just how much you think your house is worth. Potential buyers know you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be far more likely to give credibility to an accomplished appraiser's value judgement than yours.

Challenging a property tax assessment

Your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued if you live in an area that is declining. This only means you're going to pay higher taxes than you should be paying. Since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period, the faster you take care of a matter like this, the better off you'll be. An appraisal from Sterling Appraisal Group is your perfect weapon when contesting your property tax assessment.

PMI Removal Appraisals

Getting the PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) removed from your mortgage loan is a preferred way to cut expenses for homeowners. Your monthly payments will go down once your mortgage loan is below 80% of the value of your house. In most cases you can apply to a lender to have the PMI removed from your loan. Sterling Appraisal Group is qualified in helping homeowners just like you delete unneeded PMI insurance.

HELOC recently frozen?

If your house is close to a declining area, your lender just may 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 inopportune from a cash flow point of view, but it can be negative on your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. Sterling Appraisal Group can help you reinstate your home equity line of credit with efficient appraisal.

Do You Need Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services?

Do you need a seasoned appraiser to double-check your appraisal for accuracy, or do you want a second opinion without the cost and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? In a field review we will go out and check the subject and comparables in question. Or, if you need it ASAP, we can 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 report you may have had in the past. Although most appraisal reviews are commissioned by lenders for quality control, homeowners suspecting a prior appraisal wasn't above board are wise to get a second opinion.