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Let Russell Appraisal Service serve your appraisal needs

To many, an appraisal is simply another fee on the break-sheet for a home sale or refinance. The majority of lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that may appear cheaper than an appraisal. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask buyers to take out this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. 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.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Russell Appraisal Service will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can often be recovered 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 is an especially horrible event for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the hard decision of who gets the house. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Russell Appraisal Service so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they wish to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The death 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, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

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

Move to or from Travis County through an employee relocation program

We are familiar with the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at 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 selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted 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 houses are one the market.

Let Russell Appraisal Service help you sell your home quickly at the right price