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Appraisal services for Lake Wales and Polk County homeowners

Check out the top reasons Florida homeowners use Bates Real Estate & Appraisals, Inc.:

  1. Find the right listing price (whether they're selling the home on their own or using a real estate agent)
  2. Challenge Polk County's assessment of your property value
  3. To lower your mortgage payment by removing PMI
  4. Reinstate their Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. Review another appraiser's report for verification
  6. In the case of a divorce in the state of Florida, where property needs to be divided
  7. To settle an estate in Polk county or Florida by determining the true market value of the property in question
Need help deciding the price of your home in or near Lake Wales, Florida? Contact Bates Real Estate & Appraisals, Inc..

We at Bates Real Estate & Appraisals, Inc. understand the unique needs of a customer looking for 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.

For-Sale-by-Owner (FSBO) / Pre-Listing Services

Since you have an emotional attachment to your home, it's often very hard to be objective about it. Our professional appraisers at Bates Real Estate & Appraisals, 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 a very important negotiating tool once you have an attainable buyer, in addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your home will attract buyers. It gives you something tangible to show your buyer. The appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your house's market value, not just how much your house is worth. Potential buyers know you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be far more likely to give credibility to an expert appraiser's value opinion than yours.

Challenge a property tax assessment

Your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued if you live in a region that is going down. This only means you are probably paying higher taxes than you should be paying. The faster you take care of things like this, the better, since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period. When contesting your property tax assessment, getting a professional appraisal from Bates Real Estate & Appraisals, Inc. is your #1 weapon.

Appraisals to remove PMI

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. An attractive way to save money for homeowners is getting the PMI canceled from their mortgage loan, thus saving them money on their monthly payments. Once your mortgage loan is down below 80% of the value of your house, 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. At Bates Real Estate & Appraisals, Inc., we're experts in helping consumers just like you dismiss unwanted PMI insurance.

HELOC recently frozen?

Your lender may just make the decision to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your property is in or near a declining area -- even if your specific property has not declined in value. This can be damaging to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out, and also difficult and inconvenient from a cash flow viewpoint. An appraisal from Bates Real Estate & Appraisals, Inc. can help you reinstate your HELOC.

Need Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services?

Have you just gotten a copy of your appraisal and you'd like to have an expert double-check it for accuracy or do you want a second opinion without the cost and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? We can go out and check the subject and comparables in a field review. Or, if you need it in a rush, 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.

We can also provide a retrospective review of any appraisal report you may have had in the past. Even though most appraisal reviews are commissioned by lenders for quality control, homeowners that have reason to believe they've been the victim of mortgage fraud are prudent to invest in a second opinion.