Reasons to get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. Even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be more prudent than an appraisal, almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are additional instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Travis County

If you are in an area where the value of property 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. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home owners to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. More often than not, this extra payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't required when the remaining balance 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 passed by the United States Congress requiring 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, Price Appraisals & Realty, LLC can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can generally be regained 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 take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who gets the property, and it can be a very traumatic experience for both parties. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Price Appraisals & Realty, LLC, regardless of the situation.

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 received a fair evaluation.

Determine 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 residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the maximum degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues, unlike wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Travis County through an employee relocation program

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for 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 price the house sells for. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 homes are one the market.

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