Reasons to order an appraisal from Appraisal Professionals

Thousands of people in Texas buy, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. The majority of lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more economical than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there other instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful? You bet there are.

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Contest your tax assessment in Hays County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a past assessment of your house, so if values have declined in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Appraisal Professionals is your best evidence when building your case. We're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that many lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Seeing that additional payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Appraisal Professionals can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can often be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce can be a very horrible event for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the property. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Appraisal Professionals, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the maximum degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Hays County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide what improvements will add value and what an applicable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time, because we're experts in knowing how long homes are one the market.

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