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Real estate appraisal services for homeowners in the city of Harrisburg and Dauphin County

The top reasons Pennsylvania homeowners hire Dawson Appraisal Services:

  1. Get a pre-listing appraisal (whether you're using an agent or selling the home on your own)
  2. To challenge a property tax assessment in Pennsylvania
  3. Remove PMI to lower your monthly mortgage payment
  4. To reinstate their Home Equity Line of Credit (or HELOC)
  5. To review another appraiser's report for verification
  6. In the case of a divorce in the state of Pennsylvania, where property needs to be divided
  7. Settle an estate in Pennsylvania by determining the true market value of real estate
Do you own a house in or near Harrisburg? Do you need help deciding the value of your real estate? Contact Dawson Appraisal Services.

We at Dawson Appraisal Services understand the particular needs of a customer after appraisal services. The appraisal process and reporting formats are familiar to our business clients like banks, lawyers, and CPAs. But as a general consumer, we will give you extra guidance and explanations through the appraisal process to more clearly understand what we do and how we document our findings.

For Sale by Owner/Pre-Listing Services

Since you have an emotional attachment to your home, it's often very hard to be objective about it. Professional appraisers, like the ones at Dawson Appraisal Services, will be objective. We'll tell you what you need to know, not just what you want to hear. 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's something tangible to show your buyer. It's an independent third party's opinion of your home's value, and not just you saying how much your home is worth. Potential buyers know that you have an emotional attachment to your home and will be far more likely to give credibility to a seasoned appraiser's value estimation than yours.

Challenge Tax Assessment

Let's say your home is not appreciating as much as other homes close by -- your local tax assessor may have your house overvalued. That means you are probably 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 a matter like this, the better off you'll be. When challenging your property tax assessment, getting an expert appraisal from Dawson Appraisal Services is your number one weapon.

Appraisals to remove PMI

A preferred way to save money for homeowners is to get the PMI eliminated from their mortgage loan, thus saving them money on their monthly payments. PMI stands for "Private Mortgage Insurance". 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 removed from your loan, which will make your monthly payments go down. We're experts in helping homeowners just like you get rid of undesirable PMI insurance.

HELOC recently frozen?

Your lender just might decide to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your house 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 unfavorable to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. An expert appraisal from Dawson Appraisal Services can help you reinstate your HELOC.

We Also Provide Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Would you like a second opinion without the added cost and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? Or do you need a seasoned appraiser to double-check your appraisal for verity? Dawson Appraisal Services offers field reviews where we go out and check the subject and comparables. Or, if you're in a hurry, we can 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? We can assist you. Even though most review work is requested by lenders, homeowners that have reason to believe they've been the victim of mortgage fraud are wise to invest in a second opinion.