Why you should get an appraisal from LHC Appraisals

Year after year, thousands of people in Texas purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions consist of 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 a multiplying number of automated home valuation methods that may appear to be more prudent than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Denton County

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your home, so if prices have gone down in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Get rid of PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Very often, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

LHC Appraisals will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can generally be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is an especially horrible event for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the strenuous decision of who maintains the house. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from LHC Appraisals so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We ensure the maximum degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal 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 walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Denton County for work

Employee relocation is 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 thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at an accurate price

Whether you decide 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 asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We determine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what an appropriate 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 houses stay on the market.

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