Why you should get an appraisal

Every year, thousands of people in California buy, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear more prudent than an appraisal, practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are other situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

For real estate appraisals in Woodland Hills and Los Angeles County, it's easiest when your order online from All City Appraisal, just click here.

Let All City Appraisal help you dispute your tax assessment in Los Angeles County

If you live in an area where property values have declined, 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 can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

All City Appraisal can help you do away with PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask buyers to take out an supplemental insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

All City Appraisal will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can usually be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

Settling a divorce with less stress with an appraisal from All City Appraisal

A divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the home, and it can be a particularly heartbreaking ordeal for both parties. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from All City Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they wish to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Settling an estate with peace of mind

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Market Value for the real estate involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, 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.

Relocating to or from Los Angeles County?

We understand the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough process.

Don't sell out short or keep your home on the market too long.

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees are derived from our efforts to perform the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide what improvements will add value and what a suitable 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 properties stay on the market.
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