Reasons to get an appraisal from LHC Appraisals

Every year, thousands of people in Texas purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's 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 past assessment of your house, so if prices 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 challenging your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask home owners to purchase this supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that extra payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, LHC Appraisals will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can usually 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 for divorce settlements

A divorce is an especially daunting experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the hard decision of who maintains the home. 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 circumstances.

The parties will have a good idea of what price to set, if they need to sell the home. 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

Losing a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.

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

Relocate to or from Denton County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough 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 — for the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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 stay on the market.

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