Divorce Settlements

The unfortunate truth is that divorces happen. When they do, assets need to be divided equally between both individuals filing for separation. A Divorce Settlement is a written agreement between a married couple planning to legally separate. This document states all alimony, assets, custody of children (if any), debts, and property must be divided equally among both parties. Even if both parties agree on the division of all assets, this document will still need completed in order to finalize the conditions of the divorce when taken to court. Having an experienced appraiser during the process of a divorce settlement is crucial, as the value of the couple’s property needs to be based on the current Fair Market Value in your market area.

Eminent Domain Consulting

There are instances when a public or semi-public agency will take private property for public purposes. These purposes can be to widen roads, for public utilities, parks, and more. According to the fifth and fourteenth amendments of the U.S. Constitution, this procedure requires “just compensation” for the property taken. An appraiser should be consulted to ensure that your settlement is fair when the government takes part of your property for public use. To ensure you receive “just compensation” for property taken, Charlotte Valuations, Inc. appraises the property “taken” to ensure you get just compensation.

Estate Distribution

When an individual dies, it is necessary to value all of the decedent’s assets, including real property, such as real estate. A Date of Death Valuation requires an estate tax appraiser to determine the “Fair Market Value” of these assets upon the date that the own died.* This valuation of property identifies if a federal tax return needs submitted to the IRS, as well as if an estate tax amount is owed (sometimes referred to as the death tax). Additionally, a valuation of the property is used to determine the new income tax basis for the decedent’s assets once they are passed on to the individual’s heirs.

An estimate of the market value of property based on what an educated, willing, unpressured buyer and seller agree on while each acting in their own best interest.

Retrospective Valuation

This is a valuation of a property at a date in the past.. Due to the real estate market constantly changing, a home’s value never stays the same. What you paid for your current home when you first moved in is likely different than it’s current value. Certain factors such as property location, property size, and valuation date can affect the valuation of your home.In situations where the client is in need of understanding what the value of their property was as of a prior date, Retrospective Value is used.


Other situations that may require a historical appraisal:

    • To determine a decline in value of a property that you sold at a loss (such as an investment property).
    • To determine the market value of a property as of the date that a taxing district assessed the value for property taxation.

Tax Appeals

Typically, local governments periodically assess all real estate they tax. When a new assessment arrives in the mail, it lists information about your property (such as lot size, legal description, as well as the assessed value of your home and property). Your property tax bill is calculated by multiplying your home’s assessed value by the local tax rate, which can vary from town to town. If you believe your home assessment is higher than it should be, you should hire an appraiser to provide a detailed report of your home and property’s actual value in order to apply for a tax appeal.

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