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Real Estate Appraisal Services
Why An Appraisal?

REASONS TO GET AN APPRAISAL
Every year, countless people in the United States buy, sell or refinance their own slice of the American Dream.  Most, if not all, of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal.  It has become an understood and accepted part of a real estate transaction.  "Let's bring in the expert and make sure we're not spending too much on this property."

But is this the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other times when the appraisal services of Appraising Austin, LLC might come in handy?  You bet.

PURCHASE OF A HOME  
One of the most important issues involved in purchasing a property is developing an opinion of what it's worth so that you can make an informed offer to purchase.  Appraising Austin, LLC can provide you with an objective, third party opinion of a property's current Market Value.  And for the small price of this service, you can give yourself "peace of mind" prior to making an offer to purchase that you're offering a fair price for the property. 

REFINANCE OR GET A HOME EQUITY LOAN  
If you need to consolidate bills, have a college tuition to pay, or just want to tap into the equity of your home, you'll need a new loan, which oftentimes requires a new appraisal of the property.

DIVORCE SETTLEMENT
A divorce can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties and is often further complicated by the difficult decision of "Who gets the house?".  In most divorce cases, the Court won't usually force the parties involved to "buyout" the other party's interest but it may however order the sale of the home so each party gets an equal share of the equity.  Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal so both parties are fully aware of what the true market value is.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set.  And on the flipside, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.
 
ESTATE LIQUIDATION
The loss of a loved one is a difficult 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 fullest degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, the majority of Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues.  Also, in most cases, a home or other real property makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value.

Here too, Appraising Austin, LLC can help.  Often the first step in fairly disposing of an estate is to understand its true value.  Where property is involved, Appraising Austin, LLC can help determine an opinion of the true value.  At this point, equitable arrangements can more easily be arrived at among disputing parties. Everyone walks away knowing they've received a fair deal.

HOME IMPROVEMENTS TO ADD VALUE
Before you decide to sell your home, there are several decisions to be made. First and foremost: "How much should it sell for?"  But don't forget there may be other equally important questions to ask yourself such as "Would it be better to paint the entire house before we sell it?", "Should I put in that third bathroom?", "Should I complete my kitchen remodel?"  Many things which we do to our houses have an effect on their value.  Unfortunately, not all of them have an equal effect. While a kitchen remodel may improve the appeal of a home, it may not add nearly enough to the value to justify the expense.

SELLING A HOME  
Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, Appraising Austin, LLC can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price.

Unlike a real estate agent, Appraising Austin, LLC has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for.  It's easy for us to step in and give you the information to help you make your decision.  Our appraisal fees are based on efforts to complete the report and not a percentage of the sales price. So seeking our professional appraisal services can often help homeowners make the best decisions on investing in their homes and setting a fair sales price.

TAX APPEAL / TAX PROTEST  
Every year homeowners recieve that dreaded property assessment from their local taxing authority. The tax assessors office is faced with the huge task of assessing thousands of properties every year. The only way to for this small group to acheive this task is by performing "mass appraisals". The assessor rarely, if ever, enters these properties or performs the detailed level of inspection/analysis that Appraising Austin, LLC performs. As such, it is very important to understand that the "assessed value" calculated by the taxing authority may vary significantly from the actual market value of your home! If your assessed value seems to be in error, obtaining a retrospective appraisal from Appraising Austin, LLC can better equip you to protest your property taxes. Please refer to your local tax assessor to determine when your protest period expires.           

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