Estate Appraisals


Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you. Stephen Covey


                          As a result of the COVID19 Pandemic you might find yourself here.     Sorry for your loss. 

Settling an estate is a stressful yet essential task. Your objective is to carry out the wishes of the deceased, and we are sensitive to your needs and the needs of all parties involved. Most of the time you are involved with siblings of the deceased.  This can make it more challenging and we know how sensitive it can be for all parties. The valuation most likely will be used in reporting for tax purposes. Again, this is a very important document in settling the estate.

Time is sometimes needed before a family is prepared to settle an estate or for the purpose of Medicare. At times for the purpose of selling the property and the appraisal is more reliability and carries more weight than a Brokers Analysis.  Brokers Analysis may not hold up to the legal challenge that an appraisal will. Remember most brokers and salesperson do it as free service hoping to obtain a listing. They have a specific purpose in the real estate business.

 In the end, you can be rest assured that an appraisal done by a Licensed Certified General Appraiser will carry more weight with the any legal authority.

Sometimes under these circumstances, a retroactive appraisal is required. An appraisal of this type evaluates the estate based on the value at a specified date. Sometimes sales are challenging to locate. They can require knowing where to go for the data and not just the MLS. Most appraisers rely on the MLS for their sales data and do not look any further. They may miss those critical sales that could make the difference.  At least those sales are more data which can help to back the final fair market number. The importance with doing an appraisal is the level of research and analysis done to arrive at the fair market value. Some appraisers rush through the research and analysis creating a flawed report. You as the user of the report does not want to repeat the process after the fact, This is where experience and knowledge comes in doing an appraisal.

RU Appraisals, LLC is experienced with the procedures and requirements necessary to perform appraisals with special needs.

 Whether an estate appraisal is conducted as a personal decision or court requirement, you can be assured the property will be represented accurately and ethically.

The fair market value must be fair to all parties and when challenged can stand up to the scrutiny a court or any other legal authority.

 Ray has an in-depth experience appraising land which requires detailed research and analysis to determine value. Here his skills can be applied to solve a valuation issue you might have. Beyond the typical problem encounter during the appraisal process.

We are governed by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) which binds us with confidentially, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.

RU Appraisals, LLC's founder, Raymond Underhill, believes strongly in professionalism and trustworthiness. This requires being honest and ethical. In today‚Äôs world, these traits are paramount. It is our commitment to conclude the appraisal process efficiently and effectively so you can move forward with peace of mind. Ray is also a resident of Crestwood Village 5 a 55 plus community in Manchester Township, in Whiting, NJ and understands the needs of the elderly and their families..  Call Ray today or text him at 609-203-1194..Thank you.


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