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Real estate appraisal services for homeowners in the city of Seattle and King County

Here are the top 7 reasons WA homeowners hire Crest Appraisal Services:

  1. Find the right listing price (whether you're using an agent or selling the home on your own)
  2. Challenge King county's assessment of your property
  3. To cut your monthly mortgage payment by removing PMI
  4. Reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (or HELOC)
  5. Review another appraiser's report for verification
  6. In the case of a WA divorce, where property needs to be divided
  7. Determine the true market value of property in question to settle an estate in King county or WA

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

At Crest Appraisal Services, we understand the particular needs of a homeowner after appraisal services. While our usual 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

It's very hard to be objective about your house because you most likely have an emotional attachment to it. Our professional appraisers at Crest Appraisal Services are objective. We won't just tell you what you want to hear, we'll tell you what you need to know. A professional appraisal is a crucial negotiating tool once you have a potential buyer, in addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your property will attract buyers. The appraisal is something concrete to show your buyer. The appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your house's price, not just how much you think your home is worth. Interested buyers assume you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be more likely to give credibility to an experienced appraiser's value report than yours.

PMI Removal Appraisals

A fashionable way to cut expenses for homeowners is getting the PMI removed from their mortgage loan, thus saving them money on their monthly payments. PMI stands for "Private Mortgage Insurance". Your monthly payments will go down 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 canceled from your loan. Crest Appraisal Services is seasoned in helping clients just like you delete unneeded and unwanted PMI insurance.

Challenging King county's assessment of your property

If you live in an area that is declining or is not appreciating as much as other homes nearby, your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued. That only means you are most likely paying more taxes than you should. Since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period, the faster you take care of things like this, the better off you'll be. When challenging your property tax assessment, getting an expert appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services is your best weapon.

Recently got a freeze your HELOC?

Even if your specific property has not declined in value, your lender may choose to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your house is in a declining area. Not only can this be inconvenient 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. Crest Appraisal Services can help you reinstate your home equity line of credit with a professional appraisal.

We Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Have you just been handed a copy of your appraisal and you'd like to have a seasoned expert double-check it for efficiency or do you want a second opinion without the charge 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're in a rush, we'll provide 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 with that too. Even though this is usually requested by banks, you may want to exercise this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your home.