Appraisals for Immigration

When choosing an appraiser for your application in the immigration process at the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it is extremely important that you choose someone with the knowledge in this particular type of appraisal reporting.

With the new ruling of 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations make it significantly more difficult for applicants to prove that they are financially eligible based upon family relationships. Within the new regulations, is the required income of the applicant as well as assets and resources of either the applicant or any family member included in the household. This step is where the recent appraisal of real estate by a licensed appraiser will show the equity value. This will allow for any shortfall of required income to be made up by assets.
The requirements for immigration appraisals are not the same as other types of appraisals. With over 30 years of experience, Maready Associates offers the knowledge needed for any appraisal process.

Contact our office today at 1-910-326-6511 to learn more on how we can assist you with our appraisal services for immigration applications!

Divorce Appraisals

Divorce is a difficult and painful process. It involves the process of deciding who, if either spouse, retains the house when real estate is involved. This could be your personal house, land or investment property that is owned within the marriage. Typically, in divorce, the real estate is either sold or one party stays in the house and the other spouse is paid out equity. In either case, both parties should have a real estate appraisal completed for each property owned.

Working individually or with your attorney handling the divorce, we can make sure the real estate appraisal is completed to determine the Fair Market Value for each property involved. This can include a retrospective appraisal – an effective date of the report that matches the date of divorce or filing date.

At Maready Associates, we work to provide our clients with property valuation and report details that each unique real estate/divorce situation requires. We respect the needs of our clients and the privacy of every divorce situation.

Working with our office will assure that you receive the best in professional service and the highest quality of appraisal reports.

Serving Onslow, Carteret, Craven, Jones, Pender and New Hanover Counties of North Carolina

Current and Retrospective Appraisals

Estate Planning Appraisals

Settling an estate can be an overwhelming process, especially for the executor and family. Although hard on everyone involved, the appraisal process does not have to be.

Estate Planning is something everyone should consider. We can help by removing the emotional aspect from the valuation of the property.

If you or a client are in need of a current or retrospective appraisal in Eastern North Carolina, please consider our skilled services here at Maready Associates.

Education Is Key To Good Results!

Did you that the North Carolina Appraisal Board has continuing education requirements?

Continuing education is key in this profession. Regular continuing education classes help to keep your North Carolina appraisers up to date! These classes can cover recent changes keeping current information on the forefront! Many of these classes comprise of regulation guidelines or specialize in how to handle specific types of appraisals, such as when dealing with divorce or foreclosure. Our office is skilled in handing complex assignments with many years of service under the belt.

We strive hard within the office of Maready Associates to keep our education a top priority for our client needs!

Our office is available for any appraisal services within the greater Eastern North Carolina area!

Maready Associates covers Onslow, Carteret, Craven, Jones, Pender, and New Hanover counties. We are here to serve the local counties for any appraisal needs that may arise.

Our telephone number at Maready Associates is 910-326-6511!

We are always glad to speak with you on your specific needs!

An Appraisal – A New Year!

What would you like to accomplish in this new year? A new year means new goals and new ways to achieve them. A fresh appraisal could help you with your yearly goals.

We can help you with any real estate needs you may have this new year! Please contact our office for a consultation on how we can help you start this new year off with a bang!

We currently cover the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Onslow County, Carteret County, Pender County, New Hanover County, Jones County, and Craven County!  These counties include many of the poplar local towns and cities such as Jacksonville, Holly Ridge, Hampstead, Wilmington, Carolina Beach, New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City, Cape Carteret, Swansboro, Maysville and so much more!

We can help with your estate planning as well as other things such as property settlement or pricing.

We can assist with all your appraisal needs in various ways and look forward to speaking with you on how we can accomplish these goals!



Appraisals and New 2015 FHA Requirements!

FHA loans are a popular program, and have had many recent changes for the year 2015.

Many of these changes can seem challenging and confusing, as they range in varying degrees for your appraisal needs.  However, we are here to help smooth the transition for you!

Call our office with any questions you may have in the appraisal process, and how we can help you at 910-326-6511!

Please Welcome Our Newest Staff Appraiser!

Let our office introduce you to our newest staff appraiser!


We are proud to annouce that Melissa C. Taylor will be joining Maready Associates as our newest staff appraiser! She has met all the North Carolina Appraisal Board requirements and has become a North Carolina Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser!

Melissa C. Taylor has been a member of our office since 2004, and has been a valuable asset to our team. She brings experience and a proven track record of success to this new role. She workes in Swansboro, Jacksonville, Wilmington, New Bern, and the surrounding residential areas.

We are proud of her hard work in this acheivement, and look forward to working with her in her new position with Maready Associates!

Please call Melissa at 910-326-6511 for any appraisal needs, or email her at!

Reasons To Get An Appraisal

Each year, countless appraisals are completed for individuals in the United States. Appraisals are completed in the process of buying or selling a home, or in the process of refinancing a home. Each of these appraisals are helping families achieve their American Dream of homeownership. It’s an understood important part of the financing process of homeownership. It allows an expert to assure a buyer is not spending too much on a property.

But there are many other reasons to get an appraisal! There are times that having a certified independent real estate appraiser come in handy! Such times would include:

-Estate Settlement

-Divorce Settlement

-PMI Removal


Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in the amount your property is listed, or sold for while on the market. Appraiser fees are based on the efforts used to complete the appraisal report, and not a percentage of a sales price. Therefore, an independent appraisal can help a homeowner make the best decision on investing in a home and setting a fair sales price.

Call our office with any questions you may have in the appraisal process, and how we can help you with your goals at 910-326-6511.


How long will my appraisal service take?

How long will my appraisal service take?

Some appraisal services take longer than others, depending on the complexity of your property. The time on site will be enough time for the Appraiser to measure the outside walls, walk through the property, gather information on updates / potential issues, and take photographs. Once that portion of the Appraisal Service is done the Appraiser will leave the property and continue working on generating a property valuation.

This information will then be matched with their research on comparable property sales, market research, neighborhood trends, any projected repair costs, etc. Most of the time required to generate a professional real estate appraisal is done off site. We are aware deadlines may be present and will do everything within our power to meet those deadlines for you.