Need an appraisal in Summerville or Dorchester County?

The top seven reasons South Carolina homeowners order from AmeriFirst Associates, Inc.:

  1. Pre-listing appraisals (whether you're using a real estate agent or selling the home on your own)
  2. To challenge a property tax assessment in South Carolina
  3. Remove PMI to cut a mortgage payment
  4. To reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. 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 South Carolina by determining the true market value of a property
Need help deciding the price of your home in or near Summerville, South Carolina? Contact AmeriFirst Associates, Inc..

We at AmeriFirst Associates, Inc. understand the special needs of a customer in need of appraisal services. While our typical business clients understand the appraisal process and standard reporting formats, you as a consumer will get extra 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

It's very hard to be objective about your house because of your 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 property will attract buyers, a professional appraisal is a very important negotiating tool once you have an attainable buyer. It's something tangible to show the buyer. The appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your house's market value, not just you saying how much your home is worth. Interested buyers know that you have an emotional attachment to your home and will be much more likely to give credibility to a qualified appraiser's value estimation than yours.

Challenge Dorchester County's assessment of your property

Let's say you live in a local area that is going down -- your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued. This only means you are most likely paying higher taxes than you should be paying. The sooner you take care of a matter like this, the better, since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period. An appraisal report from AmeriFirst Associates, Inc. is your perfect weapon when contesting your property tax assessment.

Need to remove PMI?

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. A preferred way to cut costs 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 below 80% of the value of your property. In most cases you can apply to the lender to have the PMI eliminated from your loan. We're experienced in helping folks just like you get rid of unneeded PMI insurance.

HELOC recently frozen?

Your lender might choose 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 bad for your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out, and also annoying from a cash flow viewpoint. AmeriFirst Associates, Inc. can help you reinstate your home equity line of credit with efficient appraisal.

We Also Provide Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Would you wish a second opinion without the cost and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? Or do you desire an expert to double-check your appraisal for precision? We can go out and check the subject and comps in question in a field review. If you need it immediately, we'll 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 you with a retrospective review of any appraisal report you may have in your possession. Although most review work is requested by lenders for quality control, homeowners that have reason to believe they've been the victim of mortgage fraud are wise to get a second opinion.