Reasons to get an appraisal from LHC Appraisals

Thousands of people in Texas buy, sell or refinance their home each month. Many of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Contest your tax assessment

If you are in an area where property values have depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from LHC Appraisals is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. This added payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the leftover balance 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 passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

LHC Appraisals will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can usually be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the home, and it can be a very traumatic occurrence for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from LHC Appraisals so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

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

The loss of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We ensure the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Denton County for work

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home quickly — at the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price, whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Unlike 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 examine the difference in value items 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 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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