HOUSTON DIVORCE APPRAISERS
Handling Divorce & Separation Appraisals with Unbiased Professionalism
A divorce or separation can often be an emotional and stressful process for those involved. While things may start off amicable, this can often take a turn once the question of "who gets the house" becomes the topic of negotiations. Our role as the appraiser is to provide a professional and unbiased opinion of the market value to assist you in the finalization of a divorce. Once the report is delivered both parties can make a decision with regards to what will happen to the property.
Generally speaking, if there is equity in the home then there are two ways to deal with it. The property can be sold and the remaining proceeds can be split between the two parties; or, one spouse/partner can offer to pay the other their fair share of the equity as a "buyout" offer. Both situations require an accurate and up-to-date appraisal report to determine reasonable market value. It should be noted that when the appraisal is being used for division of real estate assets, the final opinion of value is a "gross" sale value and does not take into account Realtor fees, seller commissions or any other expenses incurred in the sale of the home.
Another consideration is when the divorce date differs from date the appraisal is ordered, usually being retrospective with the actual divorce happening prior. In such a situation you'll need a retrospective appraisal with an Effective Date that matches the divorce date. This prevents either party from "stalling" the divorce proceedings to try and get an appraisal value that is higher or lower. Our appraisers are experienced enough with such assignments that we will make sure all of these considerations are covered prior to beginning.
If you're an attorney ordering an appraisal for a client please be aware that per USPAP standards our "client" is always the party who orders the appraisal - regardless of who pays the fee. We are authorized to release the appraisal report ONLY to the client(s) who engaged us. For this reason it is paramount that if a single appraisal will be used in determining value, that all parties who will share OWNERSHIP of the appraisal be listed as clients on the order form. See the FAQs section for more details.
We have decades of experiencing performing divorce appraisals in Houston. We know that you need an appraisal report that is well researched, clearly supportive and defensible in court should it come to that. We also understand the sensitive nature of the situation and work to add a "human" component to our appraisal service that ensures integrity and courtesy to all involved.
RESIDENTIAL APPRAISAL SERVICES
COMMERCIAL APPRAISAL SERVICES
WHAT'S THE APPRAISAL PROCESS?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should we Both Get an Appraisal?
Ultimately that is up to the parties involved to decide. We trust that our Opinion of Value is well researched and accurate, but all appraisals will have some degree of variance. If you do agree that you will use a single appraisal for the determination of value, be sure to have BOTH party's names included as Client on the appraisal report. This will ensure that either party can use the appraisal.
Is There a Difference in How Divorce Appraisals are Performed?
No. The appraisal process is the same for most all residential assignments including divorce situations. There are minor details that may be different such as using an effective date which is prior to the current date the appraisal was ordered (also known as a retrospetive appraisal).
What Happens if we get Two Appraisals?
As previously mentioned, there is almost always a small difference the in appraised value between two appraisals performed by two different appraisers. This is due to the Subjective nature of choosing comps and making adjustments. With that said, two competent appraisers using the same datasets should generally come to a conclusion of value that is within 5% of each other. In such as case you would just take the average of the two as the final value. If one appraisal happens to vary greatly, then it is suggested that a third appraisal be performed and the outlier appraisal disregarded.
REAL PROPERTY APPRAISALS THROUGHOUT HOUSTON
Alvin, Atascocita, Bacliff, Baytown, Beach City, Bellaire, Brookshire, Channelview, Clear Lake, Conroe, Crosby, Cut and Shoot, Cypress, Deer Park, Dickinson, Friendswood, Fresno, Fulshear, Galena Park, Galveston, Highlands, Hockley, Houston, Huffman, Humble, Jersey Village, Katy, Kemah, Kingwood, La Porte, League City, Magnolia, Manvel, Missouri City, Mont Belvieu, Montgomery, New Caney, Oak Ridge North, Pasadena, Pearland, Pinehurst, Porter, Richmond, Roman Forest, Rosenberg, Rosharon, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Shenandoah, South Houston, Splendora, Spring, Stafford, Sugar Land, Texas City, The Woodlands, Tomball, Webster, West University Place
HOME VALUES IN THESE HOUSTON AREA NEIGHBORHOODS
Acres Homes, Alden Bridge, Alief, Allendale, Astrodome, Belle Court, Binz, Braeburn, Braesview Terrace, Braeswood Place, Briar Forest, Briar Meadow, Central Southwest, Clear Lake, Clinton Park, Cochran's Crossing`, College Court Place, College Park, Colonial Terrace, Creekside Park, Cunningham Terrace, Dorado, Downtown, East End, East Houston, East Little York, Eastwood, Edgebrook, Eldridge, Fairbanks, Fifth Ward, Fondren Gardens, Fondren Park, Fondren Southwest, Fonmeadow, Forth Ward, Garden Oaks, George Bush International Airport, Golfcrest, Greater Heights, Greater Hobby, Greater Inwood, Greenspoint, Grogan's Mill, Gulfgate, Gulfton, Harrisburg, Herman Park, Hidden Valley, Houston Heights, Huntwood, Independence Heights, Jensen, Kashmere Gardens, Langwood, Lazy Brook, Macgregor, Magnolia Park, Medical Center, Memorial, Memorial Park, Midtown, Minnetex, Monticello, Montrose, Museum District, Myerland, Neartown, North Shore, Northside, Northside Village, Panther Creek, Park Place, Park Ten, Pecan Park, Pemberton, Pleasantville, Port Houston, Research Forest, Rice Court, Rice Village, Richmond Plaza, River Oaks, Second Ward, Settegast, Sharpstown, South Acres, South Main, South Main Gardens, South Park, South Union, Southbelt, Spring, Spring Branch, Spring Branch Central, Spring Branch East, Spring Branch West, Spring Shadows, Sterling Ridge, Sunnyside, Sunset Terrace, The Villages, Third Ward, Trinity, University Place, Upper Kirby, Uptown, Virginia Court, Washington Ave., Wayside, West University Place, Westbury, Westchase, Westwood, Willow Bend
APPRAISING PROPERTIES IN THESE ZIP CODES
77001, 77002, 77003, 77004, 77005, 77006, 77007, 77008, 77009, 77010, 77011, 77012, 77013, 77014, 77015, 77016, 77017, 77018, 77019, 77020, 77021, 77022, 77023, 77024, 77025, 77026, 77027, 77028, 77029, 77030, 77031, 77032, 77033, 77034, 77037, 77080, 77072, 77073, 77074, 77075, 77076, 77077, 77071, 77079, 77066, 77081, 77082, 77083, 77078, 77070, 77069, 77067, 77065, 77064, 77063, 77062, 77061, 77060, 77059, 77058, 77208, 77084, 77068, 77098, 77213, 77212, 77210, 77209, 77035, 77207, 77057, 77205, 77204, 77203, 77202, 77206, 77099, 77085, 77097, 77096, 77095, 77094, 77093, 77092, 77091, 77090, 77089, 77088, 77087, 77086, 77201, 77015, 77041, 77055, 77054, 77053, 77052, 77051, 77050, 77049, 77048, 77047, 77046, 77045, 77044, 77027, 77042, 77028, 77040, 77039, 77038, 77216, 77036, 77217, 77034, 77033, 77032, 77031, 77030, 77056, 77043, 77267, 77256, 77274, 77273, 77272, 77271, 77270, 77277, 77268, 77279, 77266, 77265, 77263, 77262, 77259, 77257, 77269, 77289, 77215, 77299, 77298, 77297, 77293, 77292, 77275, 77290, 77258, 77288, 77287, 77284, 77282, 77281, 77280, 77291, 77225, 77255, 77233, 77261, 77230, 77229, 77228, 77235, 77226, 77234, 77224, 77223, 77222, 77221, 77220, 77219, 77218, 77227, 77250, 77254, 77253, 77252, 77231, 77251, 77236, 77249, 77248, 77245, 77244, 77243, 77242, 77241, 77240, 77238, 77237
APPRAISER AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED!
DON’T DELAY. RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON OUR SCHEDULE TODAY!
REAL CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
We’ve Worked with Real Estate Professionals and Private Clients Throughout the Greater Houston Area Since 2005.