Attention homeowners in Raleigh and Wake County: Need an appraisal?

The top 7 reasons why NC homeowners use Watson Appraisal Services, Inc:

  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. To cut a mortgage payment by removing PMI
  4. To reinstate their Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. To review a different appraiser's report for verification
  6. In the case of a NC divorce, where property needs to be divided
  7. Settle an estate in NC by determining the true market value of real estate in question

Need help determining the price of your home in or near Raleigh, NC?
Contact Watson Appraisal Services, Inc.

At Watson Appraisal Services, Inc, we understand the individual needs of a consumer seeking appraisal services. While our usual business clients understand the appraisal process and standard reporting formats, you as a consumer will get an extra level of 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 Watson Appraisal Services, Inc 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 crucial as a negotiating tool once you have a potential buyer, in addition to helping you set a realistic price to sell at so your home will attract buyers. The appraisal is something concrete to show the buyer. It's an independent third party's opinion of your house's price, and not just you saying how much you think your home is worth. Interested buyers know you have an emotional attachment to your home and will be much more likely to give credibility to an expert appraiser's value conclusion than yours.

Appraisals to remove PMI

Getting the PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) canceled from your mortgage loan is a popular way to cut costs for homeowners. Once your mortgage loan amount is below 80% of the value of your home, in most cases you can apply to your lender to have the PMI removed from your loan, which will make your monthly payments go down. At Watson Appraisal Services, Inc, we're experienced in helping people just like you rid themselves of unwanted PMI insurance.

Challenging a property tax assessment

Lets say you live in a region that is declining -- your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued. That only means you're paying more taxes than you should. The sooner you take care of things like this, the better, since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period. An appraisal from Watson Appraisal Services, Inc is your strongest weapon when challenging your property tax assessment.

Recently got a freeze your HELOC?

Even if your specific property has not declined in value, your lender just might choose to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your house is in a declining area. Not only can this be difficult and inconvenient from a cash flow viewpoint, but it can be harmful to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. Watson Appraisal Services, Inc can help you reinstate your home equity line of credit with an expert appraisal.

We Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Do you need a professional to double-check your appraisal for efficiency, or do you want a second opinion without the expense and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? An appraiser from Watson Appraisal Services, Inc can go out and check the subject and comparables in a field review. Or, if you need it immediately, 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 you may have had in the past. While usually requested by banks, you may want to employ this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your property.