Why you should get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. And while there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be more prudent than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might assume that getting 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 be helpful.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Los Angeles County

If you reside in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from All City Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. At All City Appraisal, we're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask homeowners to take out this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Very often, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is damaging because PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

All City Appraisal can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the home valuation can generally be regained 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 traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the home. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from All City Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a a good idea of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss 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 utmost degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs, unlike wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Los Angeles County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

Whether you want 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 when determining your selling price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesstay on the market. So, getting 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.

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