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Appraisal services for Seattle and King County homeowners

Here are the top seven reasons WA homeowners need Crest Appraisal Services:

  1. To get a pre-listing appraisal (whether they're selling the home themselves or using a real estate agent)
  2. To challenge a WA property tax assessment
  3. Remove PMI to reduce their monthly mortgage payment
  4. Reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (or HELOC)
  5. To review another appraiser's report for verification
  6. If real estate property needs to be divided because of a divorce
  7. Settle an estate in WA by determining the true market value of property in question

Own a house in or near Seattle, WA and need help deciding the value of it?
Contact Crest Appraisal Services.

We at Crest Appraisal Services understand the individual needs of a customer after 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)

It's very hard to be objective about your house because you most likely have an emotional attachment to 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 a potential buyer. 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 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 a professional appraiser's value opinion than yours.

Appraisals to remove PMI

Getting the PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) removed from your mortgage loan is an attractive way to cut expenses for homeowners. Once your mortgage loan amount is down below 80% of the value of your home, in most cases you can apply to a lender to have the PMI eliminated from your loan, which will make your monthly payments go down. We are experienced in helping people just like you delete unwanted PMI insurance.

Challenge King county's assessment of your property

Your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued if you live in a region that is declining or is not appreciating as much as other properties close by. That means you're paying more taxes than you should. 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 appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services is your best weapon when contesting your property tax assessment.

Recently got a freeze your HELOC?

Even if your specific property has not declined in value, your lender might decide to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your house is in or near a declining area. This can be be unfavorable to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out, and also inopportune from a cash flow standpoint. Crest Appraisal Services can help you reinstate your home equity line of credit with efficient appraisal.

We Also Provide Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Would you like a second opinion without the added expense and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? Or do you want a seasoned professional to double-check your appraisal for accuracy? We can go out and check the subject and comparables in a field review. If you're in a hurry, we'll provide desk review and verify as many facts as we can using online data sources as well as our own files.

Do you need a retrospective review of an appraisal report? Crest Appraisal Services can help with that too. While typically requested by banks, you may need to employ this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your house.