Reasons to order an appraisal

Every year, thousands of people in Louisiana purchase, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions involve a simple line item for an appraisal. Almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that may seem more practical than an appraisal. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Contest your tax assessment

If you are in an area where property values have declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT, we're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to take out this extra 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 isn't necessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the home valuation can generally be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the house, and it can be a particularly traumatic ordeal for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT, regardless of the situation.

If the parties wish 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 assessment.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding 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 Ouachita County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in establishing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input 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 detailed inspection.

Close on your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help 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 are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses are one the market.

Let J. GRAHAM GAULT REAL ESTATE APPRAISER & CONSULTANT assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price