Why you should order an appraisal from Appraisal Professionals

To many, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the settlement sheet for a mortgage or refinance. Practically all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Contest your tax assessment in Hays County

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your house, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Appraisal Professionals is your best evidence when building your case. At Appraisal Professionals, we're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask homeowners to buy this extra insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This added payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is bad because PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Appraisal Professionals can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the home valuation can often be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the home, and it can be an especially daunting event for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Appraisal Professionals so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

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

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We ensure the maximum degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Hays County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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 houses are one the market.

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