Reasons to order an appraisal from Appraisal Professionals

To many, an appraisal is simply another fee on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. Most lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there additional situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy? You bet there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Hays County

If you live in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. 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 buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask homebuyers to take out this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Appraisal Professionals can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can generally be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is an especially traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the difficult decision of who gets the home. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Appraisal Professionals so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they wish to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult 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, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Hays County for work

We are familiar with the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price. Apart from 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 rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesstay on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what a suitable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time.

Let Appraisal Professionals assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price