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

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

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

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

At Watson Appraisal Services, Inc, we understand the individual needs of a customer seeking appraisal services. While our typical 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.

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

Since you have an emotional attachment to your 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. In addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your home will attract interested buyers, a professional appraisal is very crucial as a negotiating tool once you have an attainable buyer. It gives you something tangible to show your buyer. The appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your house's value, not just you saying how much you think your home is worth. Interested buyers know that you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be much more likely to give credibility to a seasoned appraiser's value report than yours.

Need to cancel PMI?

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. A preferred way to cut expenses 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 down 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. At Watson Appraisal Services, Inc, we're veterans in helping people just like you abolish unwanted and unneeded PMI insurance.

Challenging property tax assessments

Your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued if your home not appreciating as much as other houses close by. That means you're probably paying more taxes than you should. Since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period, the earlier you take care of a matter like this, the better. An expert appraisal from Watson Appraisal Services, Inc is your best weapon when challenging your property tax assessment.

Was your HELOC recently frozen?

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

Do You Need Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services?

Would you wish a second opinion without the charge and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? Or do you desire a seasoned expert to double-check your appraisal for accuracy? We can go out and check the subject and comparables in question 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 done before. Even though this is usually requested by banks, you may need to utilize this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your house.