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Need an appraisal in Oak Park or Cook County?

Here are the top seven reasons Illinois homeowners hire ASK Real Estate Services:

  1. Get a pre-listing appraisal (whether they're selling the home themselves or using a real estate agent)
  2. Challenge Cook County's assessment of your property
  3. Remove PMI to cut their mortgage payment
  4. Reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. Verify a different appraiser's report
  6. In the case of a divorce in the state of Illinois, when real estate needs to be divided
  7. Determine the true market value of the property in question to settle an estate
Own a house in or near Oak Park, Illinois and need help deciding the price of it? Contact ASK Real Estate Services.

At ASK Real Estate Services, we understand the particular needs of a customer in need of appraisal services. While our usual 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/Pre-Listing Services

Since you have an emotional attachment to your house, it's often very hard to be objective about it. Professional appraisers, like the ones at ASK Real Estate Services, are objective. We'll tell you what you need to know, not just what you want to hear. In addition to helping you set a realistic price to sell at so your property will attract buyers, a professional appraisal is very crucial as a negotiating tool once you have an attainable buyer. It's something tangible to show your 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. Potential buyers know that you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be much more likely to give credibility to an accomplished appraiser's value judgement than yours.

Challenge Cook County's assessment of your property

Your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued if you live in an area that is declining or is not appreciating as much as other homes nearby. This only means you are paying higher taxes than you should be paying. The faster you take care of things like this, the better off you'll be, since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period. When contesting your property tax assessment, getting an expert appraisal from ASK Real Estate Services is your number one weapon.

Appraisals to remove PMI

Getting the PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) eliminated from your mortgage loan is an attractive way to save money for homeowners. Your monthly payments will go down once your mortgage loan amount is less than 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 qualified in helping customers just like you dismiss undesirable PMI insurance.

Was your HELOC recently frozen?

Your lender just may decide to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your property is near a declining area -- even if your specific property has not declined in value. Not only can this be annoying from a cash flow viewpoint, but it can be negative on your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. ASK Real Estate Services can help you reinstate your home equity line of credit with efficient appraisal.

We Also Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Have you just received a copy of your appraisal and you would like to have a veteran appraiser double-check it for preciseness or do you desire a second opinion without the expense and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? We can go out and check the subject and comps in a field review. Or, if you're in a hurry, 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 you with a retrospective review of any appraisal report you may have in your possession. While typically requested by banks, you may want to use this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your house.