Reasons to get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal just looks like one more thing in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. And even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more cost-effective than an appraisal, the majority of lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? Absolutely.

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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 depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Hixon & Associates, LLC (334) 215-0388 is your best evidence when building your case. At Hixon & Associates, LLC (334) 215-0388, we're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, most lenders ask homeowners to buy this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Since the added payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't necessary when the leftover 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 invoked by the United States Congress that requires lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Hixon & Associates, LLC (334) 215-0388 will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can often be recovered in just a few months 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 traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the house. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Hixon & Associates, LLC (334) 215-0388 so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten 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 real estate 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).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues, unlike wealthy individuals. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, understanding 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 Montgomery County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can 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. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. 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 items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what a suitable 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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