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6 Reasons to consider an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that may seem more prudent than an appraisal, most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there other instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? Of course there are.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Brazoria County

If you live in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Elite Appraisal Services, we're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that many lenders ask homebuyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Seeing that additional payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Elite Appraisal Services can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the appraisal can usually be recovered 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 traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the house. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a a good idea of what price to set. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We ensure the fullest 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 handle these affairs, unlike many wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, 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.

Relocate to or from Brazoria County through an employee relocation program

We are familiar with the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable 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.

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