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6 Reasons to consider an appraisal from Barnes Appraisal Company

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item on the settlement sheet for a mortgage or refinance. And while there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more prudent than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful? Absolutely.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Comanche County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. 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 neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask buyers to purchase this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that extra payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Barnes Appraisal Company can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can generally be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who maintains the house, and it can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Barnes Appraisal Company, regardless of the circumstances.

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

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss of 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 wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Comanche County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you choose 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 selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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.

Let Barnes Appraisal Company help you sell your home quickly at the right price