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Why you should order an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services

Every year, thousands of people in Texas purchase, sell or refinance their home. A lot of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Nearly all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there other cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful? You bet there are.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Brazoria County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your home, so if values have declined in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy that most lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. Seeing that additional payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover 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 invoked by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Elite Appraisal Services can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can usually be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the house, and it can be an especially traumatic ordeal for both parties. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home.

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

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful 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. We guarantee the utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Brazoria County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — for the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, seeking 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.

Let Elite Appraisal Services help you sell your home quickly at the right price