Reasons to get an appraisal from LHC Appraisals

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. The majority of lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may seem more economical than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there more cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful? You bet there are.

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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 reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if values 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're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance policy that many lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. Since the extra payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is bad because PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, LHC Appraisals will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can generally be offset in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce can be an especially daunting event for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the home. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from LHC Appraisals, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of 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 real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

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

Move to or from Denton County for work

We know the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home quickly — 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 when determining your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items 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 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, because we're experts in knowing how long homes stay on the market.

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