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Why Should You Appraise Your Home: with Jazmin Quintero-Watson of Aztec Appraisals

By Jazmin Quintero-Watson

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Aztec Appraisals, LLC opened our doors in 2005. Hispanic and, woman-owned small business. We started with 2 AMC's, and are now on the list of every major AMC and top lender's pre-approved appraiser lists. David Watson has been an appraiser for almost 13 years. We are both licensed Realtors as well so, we certainly understand the importance of an accurate and detailed opinion of value. We have completed numerous high end property appraisals as high as $5 million dollars in value, and over 13,000 square feet. Living in such a diverse metroplex, we also receive numerous requests from clients who prefer to have a Spanish-speaking appraisal representative to answer questions and put their mind at ease. When we call the borrowers, we make sure I answer any and all questions and explain the appraisal process in detail. Customer service is our #1 priority!

What is a list of reasons someone should appraise their home?

Divorce, refinancing, purchase, estate, if a Realtor or seller wants to have an idea of what to list their property for, and fighting taxes. Most recently, many Realtors have requested our services to measure their properties to determine the exact square footage for listing purposes since other sources are not considered as reliable.

How are home appraisers paid?

The price is determined by the complexity, and in some cases, distance of the appraisal. In general, when we complete an appraisal for an appraisal management company(standard fees apply and if more complex, the rate increases). We cover Harris, Fort Bend, and also have extensive experience in Montgomery, Galveston, Brazoria, and Waller counties.

How long does an appraisal take?

The actual appraisal visit varies since it really just depends on the characteristics of the property...,square footage, custom features/amenities, if it's on acreage, if it has outbuildings, etc. So, for example, a 2000 square foot property with no major complexities could take about 45 minutes. As far as turn-time, we do our best to get the report back to our clients within 2-4 business days. Although we do receive quite a bit of "Rush" requests to make closing dates!

What is the best way for people to reach you and or your company?

We can be reached at 832-567-1124. Please feel free to visit us on our website at www.aztecappraisals.net and email jazmin@aztecappraisals.net

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