6 Reasons you should order an appraisal from All City Appraisal

Each year, thousands of people in California purchase, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that might seem more practical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might believe that getting a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance plan that most lenders ask home buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This additional payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

All City Appraisal will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a particularly traumatic ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the property. So both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from All City Appraisal, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a better idea of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair 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 fullest degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

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

We are familiar with the headaches associated with an employee relocation. We take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

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. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items 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, obtaining 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.

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