6 Reasons you should order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal

To a lot of us, an appraisal just looks like another cost on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. Most lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that may appear more cost-effective than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there also instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy? Of course.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you are in an area where property values have 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 disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, most lenders ask home owners to take out this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Very often, this additional payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Premier Appraisal of SoCal will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can usually be offset 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 an especially traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the challenging decision of who keeps the house. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal, 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 on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We ensure the utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Orange County through an employee relocation program

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in establishing an accommodating 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 new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — for the right price

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

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items 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 houses stay on the market.

Let Premier Appraisal of SoCal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price