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Attention homeowners in Seattle and King County: Need an appraisal?

Check out the top reasons WA homeowners hire Crest Appraisal Services:

  1. Pre-listing appraisals (whether they're selling the home themselves or using a real estate agent)
  2. Challenge a property tax assessment
  3. Remove PMI to lower a mortgage payments
  4. To reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (or HELOC)
  5. Verify another appraiser's report
  6. In the case of a WA divorce, when real estate needs to be divided
  7. To determine the true market value of real estate in question to settle an estate in King County or the state of WA

Need help deciding the price of your home in or near Seattle, WA?
Contact Crest Appraisal Services.

We at Crest Appraisal Services understand the particular needs of a homeowner after appraisal services. While our usual business 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.

For Sale By Owner/Pre-Listing Services

Since you have an emotional attachment to your own house, it's often very hard to be objective about it. The professional appraisers at Crest Appraisal Services will tell you what you need to know -- not just what you want to hear. We are objective. In addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your property will attract many interested buyers, a professional appraisal is a very important negotiating tool once you have a likely buyer. The appraisal is something concrete to show the buyer. It's an independent third party's opinion of your home's value, and not just how much you think your house is worth. Potential buyers assume you have an emotional attachment to your home and will be much more likely to give credibility to an expert appraiser's value estimation than yours.

Appraisals to remove PMI

Getting the PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) eliminated from your mortgage loan is a popular money saver for homeowners. Once your mortgage loan amount is below 80% of the value of your property, in most cases you can apply to your lender to have the PMI eliminated from your loan, which will make your monthly payments go down. We're experts in helping clients just like you abolish unneeded PMI insurance.

Challenge property tax assessments

If you live in a region that is going down or not appreciating as much as other homes nearby, your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued. This only means you are probably paying higher taxes than you should be paying. Since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period, the quicker you take care of things like this, the better. Getting an expert appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services is your strongest weapon when contesting your property tax assessment.

Was your HELOC recently frozen?

Your lender may just make the decision to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your home is near a declining area -- even if your specific property has not declined in value. Not only can this be annoying from a cash flow standpoint, but it can be negative on your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. Crest Appraisal Services can provide you with an expert appraisal that will help you reinstate your home equity line of credit.

We Provide Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Would you wish a second opinion without the added cost and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? Or do you desire a veteran appraiser to double-check your appraisal for efficiency? In a field review we will go out and check the subject and comparables. Or, if you need it ASAP, we can provide you with a desk review and verify as many facts as we can using online data sources as well as our own files.

Need a retrospective review of an appraisal? We can help you with that While usually requested by banks, you may desire to exploit this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your home.