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Why you should order an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the settlement sheet for a home purchase or refinance. Even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be less expensive than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's likely 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 are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Elite Appraisal Services, we're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy that many lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Most often, this additional payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Elite Appraisal Services can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is a very daunting experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the home. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Elite Appraisal Services, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten 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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee the fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential 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 know the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to 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 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.

Let Elite Appraisal Services assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price