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6 Reasons to choose an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that might appear more economical than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there also situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful? Of course.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the value of property 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 can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask homeowners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. More often than not, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is damaging because PMI isn't required when the remaining balance 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 passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Elite Appraisal Services will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can often be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is a particularly traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the home. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a good idea 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 assessment.

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails 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.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Brazoria County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 properties are one the market.

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