Why you should order an appraisal

Thousands of people in Texas buy, sell or refinance their home every month. Most of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. Almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might seem more prudent than an appraisal. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are other instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Denton County

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are based upon a past assessment of your house, so if prices have declined in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Very often, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls 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 remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, LHC Appraisals can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for 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 take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the hard decision of who gets the home, and it can be a particularly daunting occurrence for both parties. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from LHC Appraisals so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house.

If the parties wish 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 gotten a fair assessment.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard 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 utmost degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Denton County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — at an accurate price

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

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

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