Why you should order an appraisal

Each year, thousands of people in Texas purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are an increasing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal, most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might believe 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 might be helpful.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your house, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Pretiger Appraisal Company is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, almost all lenders ask home owners to buy this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that extra payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires 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, Pretiger Appraisal Company will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can often be offset 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 can be a particularly horrible experience for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the house. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Pretiger Appraisal Company so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house.

If the parties want 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 an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

Losing 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Taylor County through an employee relocation program

We understand the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesstay on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted 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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