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Reasons to get an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like one more thing on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your house, so if values have declined in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services is your best evidence when building your case. At Elite Appraisal Services, we're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Remove PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy that most lenders ask homeowners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Oftentimes, this additional payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remainder 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 invoked 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 can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can often be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the home, and it can be a very horrible ordeal for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We ensure 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 wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Brazoria County for work

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for the right price

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

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, obtaining 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.

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