Reasons to consider an appraisal from All City Appraisal

Each year, thousands of people in California purchase, sell or refinance their home. A lot of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that might seem less expensive than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might assume that securing a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At All City Appraisal, we're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance plan that most lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Since the additional payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to remove the PMI installments 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 expense of the home valuation can usually be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be a very daunting event for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from All City Appraisal so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the situation.

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

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing 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, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

Unlike 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 an uneven 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 a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Los Angeles County for work

We understand the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — at an accurate price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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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