Attention homeowners: Real estate appraisal services for in Joliet and Will County

Here are the top 7 reasons Illinois homeowners hire James E. Batis & Associates:

  1. Get a pre-listing appraisal (whether you're using a real estate agent or selling the home on your own)
  2. Challenge a property tax assessment
  3. To reduce a monthly mortgage payment by removing PMI
  4. To reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (or HELOC)
  5. Verify another appraiser's report
  6. In the case of a divorce in the state of Illinois, where property needs to be divided
  7. To determine the true market value of a property to settle an estate in Will County or the state of Illinois
Own a home in or near Joliet, Illinois and need help deciding the value of it? Contact James E. Batis & Associates.

At James E. Batis & Associates, we understand the individual needs of a homeowner seeking appraisal services. Our business practices and reporting formats are relatively routine to our business clients like banks, lawyers, and CPAs. But as a consumer, we will give you extra guidance and explanations through the appraisal process to better understand what we do and how we document our findings.

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

Since you have an emotional attachment to your own home, it's often very hard to be objective about it. Our professional appraisers at James E. Batis & Associates 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 very important as a negotiating tool once you have a potential buyer, in addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your home will attract buyers. 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 home is worth. Potential buyers know you have an emotional attachment to your home and will be far more likely to give credibility to an accomplished appraiser's value conclusion than yours.

Challenge Will County's assessment of your property

Your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued if you live in an area that is going down or is not appreciating as much as other houses nearby. That 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 quicker you take care of a matter like this, the better off you'll be. When contesting your property tax assessment, getting an appraisal from James E. Batis & Associates is your perfect weapon.

Need to remove PMI?

A fashionable way to cut costs for homeowners is getting the PMI canceled 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 property. In most cases you can apply to your lender to have the PMI canceled from your loan. We are qualified in helping people just like you do away with unnecessary PMI insurance.

Recently got a freeze to your HELOC?

Your lender may just make the decision to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your home is in a declining area -- even if your specific property has not declined in value. Not only can this be inopportune from a cash flow angle, but it can be detrimental to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. James E. Batis & Associates can provide you with efficient appraisal that will help you reinstate your HELOC.

Do You Need Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services?

Have you just received a copy of your appraisal and you would prefer to have a seasoned expert double-check it for precision or do you need a second opinion without the added expense and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? We can go out and check the subject and comparables in question in a field review. If you need it immediately, we'll provide you with a 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? James E. Batis & Associates can help you with that. Although most review work is requested by lenders for quality control, homeowners suspecting a prior appraisal wasn't above board are wise to invest in a second opinion.